The Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Act 2021 (Act) commenced operation on 27 March 2021. The Act introduces significant amendments regarding casual employment and the obligations on employers of casual employees.
With the recent lock down in Western Australia and Premier Mark McGowan’s recommendation that those who can should work remotely, working from home has re-emerged as a forefront issue.
By Samantha Lyon, Senior Associate
COVID-19 has dramatically impacted the way we live and work. Businesses all around Australia and the world are having to adapt quickly to remote and flexible working arrangements. In addition to managing the complexities that come with these matters, employers will need to keep abreast of and comply with statutory obligations that are being introduced by authorities and are changing daily.
By Mark Cox, Director & Nikita Barsby, Special Counsel
As Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect and even shut down workplaces across Australia, and amid warnings the situation will worsen in coming weeks and months, perhaps even to a widespread lock down, businesses around the country are developing contingency plans.
By Mark Cox, Director and Renae Harg, Senior Associate
New annualised salary clauses for a number of modern awards come into effect as of 1 March 2020. The annualised salary clauses increase the obligations on employers in relation to modern award annualised salaries, including notifications to employees, increased record keeping obligations and reconciliation of the amounts paid.
By Renae Harg, Senior Associate and Madeleine Brown, Associate
The Fair Work Commission has ordered an employer to pay eight weeks’ wages to an apprentice after it found that an employee was unfairly dismissed for refusing to work additional hours on a Sunday. This decision is a reminder for employers to carefully consider whether requests to work additional hours are reasonable.
By Nikita Barsby, Special Counsel, Lauren Wright, Lawyer and Miette Xamon, Law Clerk
Business codes of conduct apply equally during work Christmas parties and social occasions
By Mark Cox, Director, Lauren Wright, Lawyer and Miette Xamon, Law Clerk
Christmas casuals: a guide for employers
During the festive season, many businesses employ additional casual staff to help manage the increase in customers, sales and the extended retail trading hours.