Don’t let Procedural Fairness let you down!
Regardless of how clear the outcome may appear, the need for employers to follow due processes when making a decision to dismiss an employee, is paramount. Failure to do so may expose your organisation to an unfair dismissal matter. These three recent cases highlight the importance of following procedural fairness.
JobKeeper modified & extended for 6 months
On 21 July 2020 the Morrison Government announced a 6 month extension to the JobKeeper payment scheme for businesses that continue to be significantly impacted by COVID-19. From 28 September 2020 a modified two tier JobKeeper scheme will be available for eligible businesses (including self employed and not-for-profits). This scheme will continue until 28 March 2021. Find out more and if you're eligible here.
FWC ANNUAL WAGE REVIEW DECISION 2019 – 2020
The Fair Work Commission’s Expert Panel has awarded a 1.75% increase to the national minimum wage and the minimum wages in Modern Awards. However, the increase will apply to different groups of Modern Awards from different dates in order to accommodate for the adverse effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Lights off tea room interludes justifies summary dismissal
A recent industrial decision makes clear that employees who deliberately don’t work for extended periods and claim wages may be summarily dismissed. It also provides guidance about who can be dismissed when employees collectively engage in misconduct but to varying degrees of culpability.
Lessons for COVID-19 – Part 6: Strategies to influence behaviour during a pandemic
This article is Part 6 in a 7-part series applying behavioural insights to drive behaviour change in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and reminds of an important consideration for making decisions for your short and long term futures.
Full Federal Court allows casuals to double dip!
Employers who regularly engage casual employees have been eagerly awaiting the outcome of a case WorkPac v Rossato being heard in the Full Federal Court. The decision, which determined that a casual employee was entitled to be paid annual leave when in receipt of a casual loading, may have long lasting implications on the way employers engage casual employees.