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

Australia: COVID-19 – This week in Employment (15 May 2020)

This week saw the lifting of a number of COVID-19 restrictions across Australia, as the country begins to take the first “step” in a three step plan aimed at progressively easing restrictions. A copy of this plan can be found here. To help guide business through this first “step”, which largely focuses on carefully reopening … Read more

Australia: COVID-19 – This week in Employment (8 May 2020)

This week has seen the Federal Government start to lift some of its COVID-19 restrictions, causing employers and industry groups to start thinking about a gradual return to the workplace. As of Friday, 8 May 2020, the Federal Government have announced that restrictions will start to ease this weekend, allowing gatherings of up to 10 … Read more

Australia: COVID-19 – This week in Employment (1 May 2020)

This week saw the introduction of the COVIDSafe application, which is designed to speed up the process of contacting people who have been potentially exposed to COVID-19. Further guidance has been released in relation to the JobKeeper legislation and by SafeWork Australia regarding work health and safety considerations. More information regarding these developments in the … Read more

Meet our new partner: Shivchand Jhinku

Today we are thrilled to have Shivchand Jhinku join the HSF partnership. Based in Sydney, Shiv specialises in post-employment litigation and is a recognised expert in whistleblowing issues. He has been with Herbert Smith Freehills for his full legal career of over 20 years and over the last 10 years has acted in some of … Read more

Australia: COVID-19 – This week in Employment (24 April 2020)

This week saw the applications for the Federal Government’s JobKeeper scheme officially open. To apply, or to access more information on the JobKeeper scheme, please follow the link or visit the ATO website. Some other key developments in the employment space this week are outlined below. A reminder that at any time you can visit … Read more

Australia: COVID-19 – This week in Employment (17 April 2020)

As anticipated, the main focus of the Employment sector this week has been on the newly introduced JobKeeper scheme. Although there is still more information to be released, the JobKeeper rules have been re-released and the Australian Tax Office (ATO) has published more formal and comprehensive guidance about the steps that employers must take to … Read more