Dismissal for mandatory vaccination refusal upheld

In a decision which will no doubt be welcomed by employers in the residential aged care sector, the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission has this week denied permission for an employee in that sector to appeal a decision that she was not unfairly dismissed after refusing an influenza vaccination.[1]  [...]

2021-09-28T14:16:55+10:00September 28th, 2021|

Mandating vaccinations and mask-wearing at work: continuing uncertainty despite new guidance

Understandably, many Australian employers are confused about what they can and can't do when it comes to mandating vaccinations for employees against COVID-19 or taking other measures, such as requiring employees to wear masks in the workplace.  Robust workplace protections for employees means that most Australian employers are conflicted between respecting [...]

2021-11-18T11:54:06+10:00August 13th, 2021|

Compulsory Covid/flu vaccinations in the employment spotlight

Kimber case The recent case of Kimber[1], 29 April 2021 considered the issue currently at the forefront of many not-for-profit employers' minds – just when, can or should an employer make a vaccination for its workers mandatory? In the Kimber case, Ms Kimber was employed as a part-time receptionist at an [...]

2021-05-11T16:05:08+10:00May 11th, 2021|

Witnessing wills and powers of attorney by videoconference

Justice Legislation (COVID-19 Emergency Response – Wills & Enduring Documents) – Regulation 2020 (Regulation) The Queensland Government has today published the Regulation setting out how wills and enduring powers of attorney (EPOAs) may be witnessed by video link. The Regulation may be accessed here: https://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/view/whole/html/asmade/sl-2020-0072 The Regulation acts to deem that [...]

2020-05-19T08:42:33+10:00May 15th, 2020|

Government amends Corporations Act to provide temporary practical COVID relief to companies

With effect from Monday 5 May 2020, the Treasurer amended certain provisions of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Corporations Act) to provide companies with welcome flexibility in how they may hold their meetings and execute documents electronically whilst individuals are subject to social distancing mandates. The amendments will operate for 6 [...]

2020-05-07T12:25:54+10:00May 7th, 2020|

Video witnessing Queensland wills

Parliaments around Australia are passing new legislation to help the wheels of commerce turn during these difficult coronavirus times. Succession law has also had considerable difficulties in dealing with the quarantine and isolation restrictions when signing and witnessing wills and powers of attorney. A will needs 2 independent witnesses and a [...]

2020-04-24T13:39:11+10:00April 24th, 2020|

The FWC on the front foot: “Pandemic leave” and annual leave at half pay

On 1 April 2020, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) released a statement proposing to temporarily vary 103 Awards (on the Commission's initiative) to include an entitlement to unpaid "pandemic leave" and to include the flexibility for employees to take annual leave at half pay. Pandemic leave This measure is designed to [...]

2020-04-03T10:15:31+10:00April 3rd, 2020|

ATO support channels for NFPs during COVID-19

The ATO's Not for Profit Centre and Government has provided the below contact details and links to resources for not-for-profits in need of support or guidance arising from the COVID-19 crisis. Key ATO Support channels for NFPs Tax agent disaster hotline 1800 700 724 Emergency info support line (option 5) 1800 806 [...]

2020-04-01T11:01:08+10:00April 1st, 2020|

Temporary Award variations in response to COVID-19 crisis for employers of clerical and hospitality employees

Over the past week, the Fair Work Commission has handed down decisions which allow employers of those covered by the Clerks – Private Sector Award 2010 (Clerical Award) and the Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2010 (Hospitality Award) greater flexibility during the COVID-19 crisis. Unless extended on further application, the variations to [...]

2020-03-31T11:28:34+10:00March 31st, 2020|

Special alert on employment issues concerning COVID-19

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 virus has brought with it great uncertainty for most businesses.  Not only are organisations struggling with how best to keep their employees safe at this time, the various steps that state and federal governments are now taking to slow down the spread of the [...]

2020-03-23T17:07:13+10:00March 23rd, 2020|
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