Australia: JobKeeper 2.0: here’s what it means

The Federal Treasury undertook a three-month review of the current JobKeeper scheme (Current Scheme) in June 2020. The review found that whilst the Current Scheme met its initial objectives to support businesses and job survival, the labour market remains weak in Australia and in need of further macroeconomic support. In light of the review’s findings, … Read more

Australia: Victoria’s Stage 4 restrictions – Navigating the current rules for employers

Victoria’s Stage 4 restrictions came into proper effect from 11:59pm, Wednesday 5 August 2020. Although the restrictions significantly impact a substantial number of businesses across metropolitan Melbourne, attempting to navigate the framework involves reviewing a myriad of sources, including formal directions, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) guidance material, supporting documents and materials. This … Read more

Australia: New COVID-19 notification requirements for Victorian employers

The Victorian Government has responded to the second surge in Covid-19 cases, by expanding the existing notification duty on employers to now require notification to WorkSafe of cases of COVID-19 among their employees and contractors. Under the expanded definition of a notifiable incident, Victorian employers that become aware that an employee or an independent contractor … Read more

Australia: Changes to JobKeeper and JobSeeker – What you need to know

The Australian Government has announced that it will extend the JobKeeper Payment scheme until 28 March 2021, subject to modifications to tighten employer eligibility and a phased reduction in the JobKeeper payment rate. Employers should consider how these changes might impact their existing or future workforce management strategies. The JobKeeper Payment scheme has been extended … 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: 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: 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