Back in August 2018, the now infamous Workpac v Skene case (Skene) dropped a bombshell on the widely held understanding of what it means to be a casual employee – that is, you get paid more money (casual loading) in exchange for certain entitlements afforded to your permanently employed compadres. The Federal Court of Australia…

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The Fair Work Commission’s early COVID-19 decision is a stark reminder for employers to meet their consultation obligations. Keywords: COVID-19, Coronavirus, Consultation, Fair Work Commission, Redundancy, Employee Termination, Termination of Employment, Consultation. COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on industry around the globe. Undoubtedly, businesses will still be feeling the effects for years to come – but…

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As the country prepares to open the economy back up, we need to prepare our businesses. This article will discuss the four areas the Minister for Small Business, the Hon. Michaelia Cash, outlined in a recent email that businesses need to prepare for. Prepare comprehensive plans so employees and customers know what to expect both in…

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As part of the government economical response to the COVID-19 effects, there have been temporary measures introduced effective as of 25 March 2020 that alter the laws in relation to insolvency and personal bankruptcy in Australia through the Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Act 2020 (Cth). The purpose of these measures is to deliver relief…

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On March 29 2020 the Australian Treasurer announced further temporary economic measures which would be introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement centred around changes to the Foreign Investment Network, with the most prominent being the decision to prescribe nil monetary value thresholds for particular significant actions and notifiable actions under the Foreign…

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