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Alert:  Jobkeeper legislation passed – what we know today.

Last night, the Jobkeeper legislation passed through both houses of the Federal Parliament, and we now have our first non-speculative insight into what employers are able to do, and what they are required to do, if they are eligible employers for the purposes of the Jobkeeper payment. However, what is clear from our first assessment…

ALERT: Critical week for Employers regarding the JobKeeper Subsidy Scheme

If not a critical week, this week commencing 6 April 2020 will certainly be a week that provides more certainty to employers on the JobKeeper subsidy scheme.  At this time, the legislation is not known and by the time you read this, drafts of the legislation will be with the Government, the Opposition, the Cross-benchers…

ALERT: COVID-19 – Temporary changes to the Restaurant Industry Award

On 31 March 2020, the Fair Work Commission agreed to vary the Restaurant Industry Award in response to the significant impact that the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequential government restrictions have had on the restaurant industry. A temporary schedule was inserted into the Award to provide some flexibility for employers in relation to the range…

ALERT: COVID-19 – Temporary changes to the Clerks Award

On 28 March 2020, the Fair Work Commission agreed to vary the Clerks – Private Sector Award in response to the significant impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on employers and employees where this Award has application and coverage. A temporary schedule was inserted into the Award to provide some flexibility for employers in…

ALERT: Accrual of entitlements and payment of public holidays during stand down

As the implications of COVID-19 for employers slowly become clearer in some respects (and less so in others), Aitken Legal thought it appropriate to confirm a couple of now generally accepted positions on common questions that some employers are asking. Paid leave entitlements will accrue for permanent employees during stand down If a permanent employee…

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