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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Cannery manufacturing processor SPC has become the first Australian business outside of the prime areas of Aged Care, Child Care and Health to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for all staff and visitors. We have already provided guidance and viewpoints on this particular topic in the articles Will Directing An Employee To Take The Vaccine Be Held…

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The Fair Work Commission’s recent decision in Chambers v Toll Transport Pty Ltd[1] (the Decision) is a useful reminder for employers that not all ‘out of work hours’ misconduct by employees may give rise to a valid reason for dismissal especially in the context of a Christmas party.

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The Coronavirus has had a number of unexpected (and expected) ripple effects in the workplace.–         Pay cuts–         Stand downs–         Redundancy–         Government Assistance and Stimulus packages–         Social Distancing–         Increase in Microsoft teams and Zoom use–         Sourcing a webcam been a bit more difficult–         Who should stay in the office and who should work from home Working from home is not a new phenomenon and…

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Pay Cuts? Stand Down?  Redundancy? This is a difficult time we are currently in as we see clients, friends of the firm and connections take hit after hit during this time of pandemic status of the coronavirus.  No doubt there will be a plethora of opportunity for Employers after this outbreak is satiated however in…

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