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The Federal Court has determined that employees cannot access paid personal leave whilst stood down. As detailed in a previous EMA Note, section 524 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (“FW Act”) allows an employer to “stand down an employee during a period in which the employee cannot usefully be employed because of … […]

In response to the economic impact caused by the coronavirus the government recently announced the $130 billion JobKeeper scheme. The aim of this scheme is to help eligible employers keep eligible employees employed. In support of this aim, the Government has also provided JobKeeper eligible employers with increased flexibility via recent temporary amendments to the […]

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 […]