Australia: High income threshold now $153,600

From 1 July 2020, the high income threshold will be increased to $153,600. This amount is significant for 3 reasons: Unfair dismissal eligibility: Employees may have access to unfair dismissal if their annual rate of earnings is less than the high income threshold. Unfair dismissal compensation cap: Half the amount of the high income threshold … Read more

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

As restrictions continue to ease, this week has seen the Fair Work Commission hand down a number of Covid-19 related decisions, while the Federal Government continues to debate and pass legislation aimed at easing the social and economic impact of Covid-19. More information on the various developments in the employment space this week are outlined … Read more

Australia: COVID-19 – This week in Employment (12 June 2020)

This week, the NSW Government released the new ‘COVID Safe business’ tool – designed to assist businesses in promoting their COVID Safe credentials, as normal operations continue to resume. More information on the various developments in the employment space this week are outlined below. As always, a reminder that at any time you can access … Read more

Australia: National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces

On 5 March 2020, the Australian Human Rights Commission released its fourth national survey on Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces. The report has wide-ranging implications for employers – from a policy perspective and what it means to the culture of the workplace. In case you missed it, the Employment, IR and Safety team hosted a … Read more

Australia: COVID-19 – This week in Employment (5 June 2020)

This week saw a large number of COVID-19 restrictions ease across Australia, as we continue to progress back to the new normal. More information on the various developments in the employment space this week are outlined below. As always, a reminder that at any time you can access the most relevant COVID-19 legal insights from … 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

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