UK COVID-19: Chancellor confirms changes to Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Chancellor has this evening confirmed the following changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS): Claims for periods after 30 June 2020 will only be possible from employers who have previously used the scheme in respect of employees they have previously furloughed for a 3 week period ending no later than 30 June – … Read more

Australia: COVID-19 – This week in Employment (29 May 2020)

This week, the Australian Government unveiled the new ‘JobMaker’ scheme – designed to boost employment and the economy following the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the Fair Work Commission continued to hand down a range of decisions relating to the JobKeeper payments, and has now released its “JobKeeper bench book” online. More information on the various developments … Read more

Australia: In the Rossato decision, the Court confirms overall relationship is still critical in determining casual employment; rejects ‘double dipping’ argument

In the long awaited decision of WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato [2020] FCAFC 84, the Full Federal Court finds ‘casual’ WorkPac employee entitled to leave and holiday payments. Background Robert Rossato was employed by labour hire company WorkPac Pty Ltd (WorkPac) as a casual coal mining worker across companies within the Glencore Group from 28 … Read more

UK COVID-19: test and trace launched

The Government has today launched its test and trace system in England (and similar systems are in place in other regions of the UK).  Guidance for employers has been published here.  Key points for employers are: Individuals who have been notified that they have had contact with an infected person and instructed to stay at … Read more

Australia: Summary of changes to the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999 (Qld)

This article outlines the implications of the Mineral and Energy Resources and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 (Qld) (the Bill) on the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999 (Qld) (CMSH Act). The Bill was passed with amendment on 20 May 2020. The Bill has: Introduced an industrial manslaughter offence; Clarified the appointment requirement for statutory … Read more

Australia: COVID-19 – This week in Employment (22 May 2020)

This week we continued to see a number of employers start planning their gradual return to work, while the Federal Court handed down an important COVID-19 related decision, finding that employees are unable to take sick leave during a stand down period. As always, a reminder that at any time you can visit our Wellbeing … Read more

Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives Update May 2020

Our Asia Employment, Pensions and Incentives update this month looks at: the new measures in South Korea introducing paid emergency childcare leave to ease the burden on working parents; the Employment Adjustment Subsidy in Japan, intended to try and prevent employers from resorting to immediate redundancies; in Thailand, the new data protection rules and how … Read more