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

The new Queensland Human Rights Act 2019

What does it mean for public sector employees? The Human Rights Act 2019 (QLD) (‘the Act’) was passed by the Queensland Parliament on the 27 February 2019. The Act came into effect in Queensland on the 1st January 2020. The new Act allows for greater protection of Queenslanders dealing with public entities including as employees … Read more

Does out-of-hours contact by an employer to an employee amount to workplace bullying?

Case: Ms A [2018] FWC 4147 Area of Law: Employment – Application for an order to stop bullying Act: Section 789FC Fair Work Act 2009 (‘the Act’) Note: Names of parties and business have been altered in order to facilitate the continuation of an on-going safe and productive working relationship between the parties. Story  Ms … Read more

Can an employee with a medical condition be dismissed?

Employers need to be mindful of their obligations under the Fair Work Act when responding to employees with limited capabilities because of various medical conditions. This was especially noted in the recent 2019 Fair Work case of Carley Jack v Sigma Healthcare[1]  wherein the court considered whether an employees termination was reasonable in light of … Read more