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Stand Down Decision Keeps Cruise Company Afloat

A recent Fair Work Commission (FWC) decision has provided employers with more clarity regarding the circumstances in which they can lawfully “stand down” employees. The decision has provided guidance for employers on the application of the stand down provisions in the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (the Act) in light of the COVID19 pandemic. Stand […]

Update: WorkPac seek leave to take Rossato to High Court

Labour hire firm WorkPac has launched a High Court challenge seeking to overturn the Full Federal Court ruling of WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato (The WorkPac Decision) made last month. As reported in our May edition of Vision, the landmark ruling on casual employment sent shockwaves amongst employers after opening the way for casual employees who work […]

Update: Woolworths staff underpayments blow out to almost $400M

Whilst Woolworths Limited informed investors on Tuesday, 23 June 2020, that sales figures have remained strong despite consumers easing up on Covid-19 stockpiling, the announcement was tainted by a development in the Company’s wage underpayment scandal. A further $75 million in staff underpayments has been identified, blowing out the potential total of the underpayments to […]

Hero Sushi the Villain in ‘Fraud’ and Wage Underpayment Scandal

Restaurant chain, Hero Sushi has been fined a record total of $891,000 for deliberate underpayment of staff and attempting to cover up the underpayments by creating fraudulent documents. “The Most Significant Decision” Hero Sushi’s actions were compared to “fraud” by Federal Court judge Geoffrey Flick for its repeated attempts to conceal underpayments totalling $700,000 at […]

Mental Health in the time of Corona – Obligations & Tips for a Mentally Healthy Workplace

While the spotlight has been on physical health – that is, the prospect of workers contracting Covid – now that arrangements are in place (whether that be stand down, reduced hours, work from home or JobKeeper subsidy) it is crucial that businesses consider what measures are necessary to mitigate the impact on their employees’ mental […]

Unpacking the JobKeeper Scheme – From an Employer’s perspective

Whilst the introduction of the JobKeeper scheme is a welcome relief in these unpredictable times, the flurry of legislation and rules being passed has brought with it several complex entitlements and obligations for you to navigate. We raise the more pertinent of these below and offer a word of warning when utilising the new enabling […]

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): How to Map Your Covid Contingency Plan

Brace yourself, there’s no doubt we are navigating uncharted waters and unique challenges. As your employment lawyers, it’s our job to take the stress out of it for you! If Covid is affecting your business and workforce, please don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss whether there’s a solution or workaround – temporary or […]