Employment Law

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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Do you have a COVID-Safe workplace?

By NB Lawyers | May 8, 2020 |

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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General Protections Applications – How to Successfully defend a claim from a “probationary period” Employee

By NB Lawyers | April 22, 2020 |

General Protections Applications – When an employee who has been working just a few weeks for a business doesn’t work out – they may get disgruntled.  They may be simply poor performers, have a bad attitude or simply are not a good fit.  A probationary period was built for this very reason to give an…

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Reduction in salary in the face of COVID-19

By NB Lawyers | April 17, 2020 |

The coronavirus/COVID-19 has claimed a number of big and brand name scalps as organisations start to reduce salaries.  PWC, Channel Seven, KPMG and even the AFL as at the time of writing started salary cuts and reduction in salary – so for Employers the question is – can you do it? New changes introduced by…

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