The Third Wheel podcast series: ESG in Australia Episode 14

By Olga Klimczak and Nerida Jessup Episode 14 – Fix the workplace, not the worker with David Burroughs, Westpac In this episode, our Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety team take the wheel, with Olga Klimczak and Nerida Jessup hosting special guest, David Burroughs, Chief Mental Health Officer at Westpac. It’s an important, and lively, discussion on how organisations are shaping work … Read more

Australia: Top 10 Employment, Industrial Relations & Safety trends for 2022

2021 has been another turbulent year in the employment, industrial relations and safety space in Australia. We’re proud to have worked with our clients on some of their most challenging people issues including the development of mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies, sexual harassment and sexual assault in the workplace, and underpayments. As we move into 2022 … Read more

Australia: Victoria’s new pandemic arrangements

Overnight, the changes made pursuant to the Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (Pandemic Management) Act 2021 (Vic) (Act) came to life in Victoria. The Act introduces a framework specific to pandemics in the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (Vic) (PHW Act), which replaces the current framework that has been applied to Victoria since the … Read more

Covid health pass: a review across 33 jurisdictions

There are many different rules and regulations governing how employees return to the physical workplace, following the upheaval of Covid-19, and how to ensure the health and safety of workforces. Do employees need to provide proof of a double vaccination, a negative test, or recent recovery from COVID-19?  The law is rapidly changing and varies … Read more

Australia: Victoria – New broad-reaching direction for workers to get vaccinated

Note (22 October 2021): The Directions referred to in the below article have since been replaced by the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions (No 5). These latest Directions now apply until 11.59pm, 18 November 2021, which aligns with the newly extended State of Emergency. Whilst the remainder of the information contained in the below article … Read more

REMOTE/CONTROLLED = THE NEW TRUST EQUATION: THE FUTURE OF WORK REPORT 2021

Radical upheavals in working life are taking hold at a global level as remote and hybrid working leave lasting changes across industries in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. In response, employers are more inclined to advocate about geopolitical and social issues, use technology to manage and monitor the new ways of working, and adopt … Read more

Australia: Final call for casual conversion

Employers have just one month left to take action to comply with the new casual conversion provisions under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act). In this article, we provide a recap on the changes to casual conversion, key timeframes for employers, and the steps that employers must take before 27 September 2021. Read more