On 1 April, a Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) issued a statement identifying its intent to vary over 100 Modern Awards on its own initiative. The provisional view of the Full Bench was that, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Modern Awards should be varied as a matter of urgency to provide a majority of award-covered employees with access to two weeks unpaid “pandemic leave” and to permit annual leave to be taken at half-pay, by mutual agreement.Continue reading “FWC approves unpaid pandemic leave & annual leave at half pay for Modern Awards”
Employers should take note that, in Queensland, News South Wales, the ACT and Victoria, all FOUR days across the fast-approaching Easter weekend are gazetted public holidays.Continue reading “2020 Easter Public Holidays – Eastern States”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a $130 billion economic stimulus package that includes a JobKeeper wage subsidy of $1500 per fortnight per employee. The Government will require employers to pass on the payment to affected workers. The Prime Minister said the Government expects up to 6 million workers to receive the payment over the next 6 months:Continue reading “Government announces JobKeeper wage subsidy package”
The Queensland Government has announced an additional $4 billion package to support health, jobs and business.
On 22 March 2020 the Morrison Government announced the second stage of its economic plan in response to the economic impact of the coronavirus.
The Palaszczuk Government has announced it will create a new $500 million loan facility, interest free for the first 12 months, to support businesses to keep Queenslanders in work and extend the coronavirus payroll tax deferral to all businesses across the state. Read the media release here.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has today announced a $17.6 billion economic stimulus package in response to the challenges posed by the spread of the Coronavirus.
A mine worker has lost his unfair dismissal case in the Fair Work Commission (FWC) after alleging BHP was in the wrong to sack him over a crude joke.
A Townsville supplements shop manager has lost his unfair dismissal claim in the Fair Work Commission (FWC) after the FWC found he used his employer’s money to benefit himself.
Note: After an understandable delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Community Services Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Bill 2019 was passed by Queensland Parliament on 17 June 2020 and subsequently signed into law as the Community Services Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Act 2020. The operative date for the Scheme remains to be determined but 1 January 2021 is likely. ES Clients are directed to the Briefing Paper issued by email on 8 July 2020 for additional background.
Late last year we advised valued clients operating in the community services sector in Queensland that the Palaszczuk Labor government had introduced the Community Services Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Bill 2019 into Parliament on 27 November 2019.
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