More latitude for employers but no universal rule on mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations

With the COVID-19 vaccination rollout ramping up across Australia, mandatory vaccination within the workplace has been one of the hottest topics of discussion. Despite greater clarity being afforded to employers by way of recently released government guidance, decisions as to whether businesses are entitled to require that their employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 remain the responsibility of individual employers and hinge on multifaceted considerations. 

Continue reading “More latitude for employers but no universal rule on mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations”

Countdown to casual conversion deadline

Employers, other than small business employers, are reminded that the deadline for making offers of conversion (to permanent employment) to casual employees who were employed prior to 27 March 2021 is looming. Employers need to have assessed the eligibility of their casual employees and written to all workers, either offering conversion or setting out the reason an offer is not being made, by 27 September 2021. These requirements arise because of changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 and the National Employment Standards (NES), resulting from the implementation of the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Act 2021, as reported earlier in the year.

Continue reading “Countdown to casual conversion deadline”

No breach of general protections: lateness, not illness, led to dismissal

A Field Geotechnician has failed to convince the Federal Circuit Court her dismissal, actioned the day after she returned from a day’s absence in October 2019, breached the general protections provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009, with the Judge theorising she might have had greater success questioning the fairness of her termination if she had pursued an unfair dismissal claim instead.

Continue reading “No breach of general protections: lateness, not illness, led to dismissal”

Upcoming Show (Ekka) Holidays for SEQ

Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles announced on 4 August 2021 that the Ekka show holiday scheduled for Brisbane on Wednesday, 11 August 2021, had been CANCELLED. Moreton Bay and Scenic Rim LGA’s also elected to cancel their show holidays which had been scheduled for 9 August 2021.

On 17 August 2021, it was confirmed that the LGA’s of Brisbane City, Moreton Bay and Scenic Rim would observe their rescheduled show holiday on Friday, 29 October 2021.

The show holiday for the Gold Coast is set to proceed, as originally planned, on Friday, 27 August 2021.

Continue reading “Upcoming Show (Ekka) Holidays for SEQ”