Category: Employment Law

The minefield of mandatory vaccinations

Directions regarding mandatory vaccinations Directions around the Victorian government’s expansion of the mandatory vaccinations were made on 7 October 2021. The Directions, which previously covered cover health care, construction and teachers, have been expanded. The…

Deliveroo appeal stalled as High Court ruling throws spanner in the works

Australian food delivery company Deliveroo is primed to reinvent our ‘gig economy’ by appealing a decision made by the Fair Work Commission. But recent High Court comments regarding employment and independent contractor relationships have caused…

The final countdown – don’t miss the 27th September casual conversion deadline

By 27 September 2021, employers (other than small business employers) need to have assessed whether any of their existing casual employees, employed before 27 March 2021, are eligible to be offered permanent employment. Note: A ‘small…

Can employers require staff to be vaccinated?

Earlier this month in an Australian first, Shepparton food processor SPC mandated that all staff and visitors to its processing plant must be vaccinated for COVID -19 by the end of November 2021. Having implemented…

Significant changes to workplace laws on harassment and discrimination

Two national laws that operate in the workplace to protect employees are set to be updated. The Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Bill 2021, which is expected to be passed this…

Employers’ and Directors’ liabilities under new wage theft laws in Victoria

The Wage Theft Act 2020 (Vic) (Act) commenced on 1 July 2021. Under the Act, Victorian employers who deliberately underpay their employees may face criminal penalties. For a serious breach, employers who dishonestly withhold employee…

Don’t be casual about your employment obligations

Recent changes to the Fair Work Act mean that employers must give every new casual employee a copy of the Casual Employment Information Statement (CEIS) before, or as soon as possible after, they start their…

Employers – Are you aware of your new superannuation obligations?

On 1 July, the minimum superannuation guarantee contribution rate for employees under the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992 was increased from 9.5% to 10%. This will continue to rise incrementally each year until 1 July…

Important changes affecting casual employment

Significant reforms to casual employment have been introduced to the Fair Work Act 2009 by the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Act. Up until now, the Fair Work Act (which governs…

How to manage privacy issues when implementing flexible working arrangements

As Australia steps into our new ‘COVID-normal’, many Australian workplaces are implementing flexible arrangements that combine both remote work and time in the office. This means that employees are physically moving between secure offices and…

How should employers manage the COVID-19 vaccination roll out?

With COVID-19 vaccinations rolling out in Australia, employers may be considering asking their employees whether they have been, or will be, vaccinated against the virus. They may also be wondering whether they can, or should,…

2021 – Who will soar and who will stumble?

The challenges of 2020 have been experienced by us all – as individuals, as businesses and as a community. We did not face the same challenges, but it would be difficult to find anyone who…