Casual Employment: Will the IR Bill get it right?

Posted by Mar 17, 2021

Casual employment has been at the forefront of employment and labour issues for some time. There have been various court decisions in recent years which have caused concern for employers. There is now some uncertainty about the legal status of a casual employee and what financial impact a finding that a casual employee is actually […]

Confirmed: Employees not entitled to paid personal/carer’s leave during a stand down

Posted by Jan 27, 2021

In March 2020 Qantas lawfully stood down 20,000 of its ground staff due to the coronavirus global pandemic pursuant to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (Act). Section 524 of the Act provides that an employer can stand down employees from work in certain circumstances including a stoppage of work for which an employer cannot […]

An employer’s guide to 2021

Posted by Jan 27, 2021

Although 2020 has taught us that we can never know what is in store, there are a number of industrial relations and employment law issues that we consider will be front and centre in 2021. While it is unclear how these issues will unfold over the course of the year, employers are encouraged to keep […]

Proposed changes to agreements in new IR Bill

Posted by Jan 12, 2021

On 9 December 2020, Attorney-General and Industrial Relations Minister Christian Porter introduced the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020 (IR Bill) to the Australian Parliament. The IR Bill was drafted following the formation of five IR reform working groups which were made up of employer and industry groups and unions. […]

COVID-19 – It’s not all about stand down; what about varying your enterprise agreement?

Posted by Apr 3, 2020

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, you would have seen in the media that a number of employers, large, medium and small, from a wide range of industries are standing down employees. Stand down is permissible in more limited situations than current reporting would have you believe. Employers are also utilising other measures such as […]