Following on from the introduction of a Compulsory Vaccine Policy introduced by SPC and the updated guidance from the Fair Work Ombudsman QANTAS have decided to take a monumental step in introducing a compulsory vaccination policy for all staff. Their frontline workers such as pilots and cabin crew will need to be vaccinated by 15 November 2021 and the…

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SPC’s recent decision to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations will likely be a legal test for those Employers outside of Aged Care, Health and Child Care.  It is a test on several fronts but in particular the practical commercial implications of an Employer dealing with snap lockdowns, quarantining and work from home limitations coupled with legitimate health…

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Many National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) support providers do not realise the risk involved in navigating the disability support industry and its underpinning framework. This is particularly relevant as NDIS support providers are often also employers.    The NDIS is a government-run program designed to assist people with disabilities. Recently, NB Lawyers – Lawyers for…

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A number of consultants, advisors, accountants, bookkeepers and business coaches have asked us recently about termination of employment.  In particular, what are some of the issues to understand so that Employer’s risk and liability can be mitigated and even dissipated. 1. Unfair Dismissal Risk For many advisors there is an understanding of unfair dismissal and…

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The rise of workplace bullying, unfair dismissal and general protections claims in the Fair Work Commission is not surprising considering the current economic and business climate. Managers and supervisors gaining an understanding of what is reasonable management action done in a reasonable way must be learned and trained – organisations and employers need to seriously…

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A number of Employers now must consider the COVID-19 vaccination.  In a previous article “Can Australian Employers force an Employee to get vaccinated?”  we answered the question – yes (with some caveats) mainly around:  Inherent requirements of the position   Workplace health and safety obligations  Reasonable and lawful directions  Dealing with objections  Dealing with objections around the inherent requirements of the position and medical grounds.  We…

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