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

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

Australia: COVID-19 – This week in Employment (9 April 2020)

This week has been characterised by a number of significant and unprecedented changes in the employment landscape. Over the next couple of weeks, the main one that we expect many businesses will be grappling with is the JobKeeper legislation that passed through Parliament last night and received royal assent today. Although the rules supporting the … Read more

Australia: COVID-19 – This week in Employment (3 April 2020)

In this summary, we bring you our most recent insights for the week on immediate and evolving employment issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, Drew Pearson, Partner in our Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety team, explores the JobKeeper Payment announcement and the latest employment implications in our COVID-19 Webinar series. We have also … Read more

Australia: Reasonable notice update

A recent judgment of the District Court of South Australia has held that a term providing for termination on reasonable notice should not be implied into an employment agreement because of the application of the statutory minimum period of notice required by the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FWA). Read more

Australia: Clarification of requirements for ‘genuine redundancy’

The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission has ruled on the requirements for a ‘genuine redundancy’ and the modern award consultation obligation to give prompt consideration to issues raised by an employee during redundancy discussions, finding that employers must consider all issues raised by an employee before the redundancy takes effect. Read more

Asia: Comparing employment laws across the region

We asked our lawyers to tell us three need-to-know employment law facts in Singapore, Hong Kong, PRC, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia and Japan. The results show that while there are some similarities across the region, there are also some very interesting differences. The table can be accessed here. Read more