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Employment Law

Reducing Redundancy Entitlements? – 3 factors to consider

By NB Lawyers | June 17, 2020 |

As we step through the long standing effects of COVID-19, JobKeeper starts to dissipate in time and Employers look to restructure their business in response to less demand or increased efficiencies redundancies will be a very usual occurrence. How can Employers reduce their redundancy entitlement payments? Here are 3 factors to consider……… Factor 1 –…

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Employers can ask employees to take annual leave whilst on Jobkeeper – Village Roadshow vindicated in the Fair Work Commission on the term “unreasonable refusal”

By NB Lawyers | June 3, 2020 |

The Fair Work Commission has vindicated Village Roadshow Theme Parks’ right to request employees on Jobkeeper to take annual leave. Although not going so far as a direction – the words “unreasonable refusal” found in the legislation gives Employers strong grounds to reasonably request employees to take annual leave (with some exceptions) – this is…

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Another “Casual Worker” Awarded Payout for Leave Entitlements – The Federal Court upholds the principles of WorkPac v Skene Case – What does this mean for Employers?

By NB Lawyers | May 25, 2020 |

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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Qantas Stand Downs – Can Qantas refuse to pay “sick leave’ during stand down due to COVID-19?

By NB Lawyers | May 20, 2020 |

The Federal Circuit Court have decided – “YES” Qantas are not obliged to pay sick leave (personal/carers leave) if an employee on lawful stand down. WHY? Qantas held the position it had lawfully stood down the employees and was subsequently not required to pay personal/carers leave as the employees were not entitled to take leave…

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Desperate Times Do Not Call for Desperate Measures (a COVID-19 Decision by the Fair Work Commission)

By NB Lawyers | May 11, 2020 |

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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