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The Department of Health has issued a requirement for individuals to isolate themselves in certain circumstances to help mitigate the spread and risk of the coronavirus outbreak.  Managing employees who are potentially at risk of transmitting the virus is an important health and safety obligation for employers. The Department of Health is continuously providing updates […]

Have your casual employees completed their ‘minimum employment period’ under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth)? A recent Fair Work Commission decision clarifies the meaning of a ‘minimum employment period’ for casual employees. A recent Fair Work Commission case, Chandler v Bed Bath N’ Table Pty Ltd (“Primary Decision”) found that a casual employee had no protection from unfair […]

Australia Day this year falls on a Sunday. For South Australians, this means that both Sunday, 26 January 2020 and Monday, 27 January 2020 are public holidays. We have received some queries from South Australian clients about which days are classified as a ‘public holiday’ for Australia Day. Some have specifically questioned why the Fair […]

Are your employees entitled to take time off work to provide assistance in fighting Australia’s current bushfires? Are employees entitled to payment for any time off that they take? During Australia’s current bushfire crisis, many emergency services volunteers have been deployed to provide assistance in the affected areas. Many of these volunteers may need to […]

The Fair Work Commission has now issued draft determinations for multiple awards that contain annualised salary clauses, and further timetables for others. Most of the revised clauses will commence on 1 March 2020. The changes require significant procedural changes for compliance. In an EMA Note and seminar last year, we alerted employers to new annualised […]

The Fair Work Ombudsman has published a revised Fair Work Information Statement that must be given to new employees. The Fair Work Commission also recently revised its Form 17 Employer’s Statutory Declaration to be used when filing an enterprise agreement for approval.   The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) requires employers to give every new […]

This is EMA’s pick of the most interesting and relevant cases reported in the last month.  Please note that these are summaries only, and should not be relied upon in place of the full judgment.  If you would like clarification on any of the judgments, or wish to know how a particular case may apply […]

The first batch of revised modern awards will commence on 4 February 2020. How will it affect your organisation? Starting in 2020, the Fair Work Commission will extensively vary existing awards as a result of the 4-yearly review of modern awards. The first batch of 31 revised awards has now been published. They commence operation […]

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