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Sorry Not Sorry! Employer Protection for Apologies and Expressions of Regret

The Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (the Act) establishes a workers’ compensation scheme for Queensland – providing benefits for workers who sustain an injury in their employment. The Act outlines employers’ obligation to be covered against liability for compensation and damages either under a WorkCover insurance policy or under a licence as a self-insurer.[1] … Read more

Understanding JobKeeper Enabling Direction

JobKeeper is a wage subsidy scheme designed to help keep Australian in jobs and support businesses affected by the significant impact of COVID-19. The scheme is governed by the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Act 2020 and associated rules. What is a ‘jobkeeper enabling direction’? The Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus (Measures No. … Read more

‘Casual chaos’ – Federal Court redefines ‘casual’ employee – the implications for business owners with a casual workforce

Case: WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato [2020] FCAFC 84 (‘Rossato’)  Date of judgement: 20 May 2020  Background  The engagement of casual employees has been a hot topic in the employment sector during recent years.  A recent decision of the Full Federal Court leaves employers with a casual workforce open to substantial risk of claims being made by their casual staff for backpay of entitlements and seeking future entitlements previously available only to permanent staff.   On 20 May 2020, the Full Federal Court handed … Read more

Can paid personal and carers’ leave be accessed whilst stood down due to COVID-19?

Case: Communications, Electrical, Electronic, Energy, Information, Postal, Plumbing and Allied Services Union of Australia & Ors v Qantas Airways Limited [2020] FCA 656  Date of judgement: 18 May 2020   Proceeding one: Communications, Electrical, Electronic, Energy, Information, Postal, Plumbing and Allied Services Union of Australia, the Australian Workers’ Union and the Automotive, Food, Metals, Engineering, Printing and Kindred Industries Union   Outcome: Application dismissed   … Read more

JobKeeper Updates for Religious Practitioners and NFPs – As at 27 April 2020

On Friday 24 April, the Federal Treasury provided further clarification on the JobKeeper scheme and its application to specific groups throughout Australia. These updates follow after already 400,000 Australian businesses have enrolled in the JobKeeper scheme, providing further income to almost 2.4 million Australians. Amongst these Australians are employees of not-for-profit charities and practitioners of religious institutions who will be affected by the Treasury’s new updates.  Religious Practitioners  Prior to this announcement, many religious practitioners were facing difficulties … Read more

How to vaccinate against the coronavirus threat to your business or job

Natural disasters are not new to Australians.  We have suffered together through floods, bushfires, cyclones and drought, always relying on our unique Australian culture of mateship, embodying equality, loyalty and friendship.  The coronavirus or COVID-19 is just another challenge which we will overcome.  The spread of the coronavirus in Australia presents some interesting challenges for … Read more