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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…

ALERT: COVID-19: The latest Government restrictions, Award changes and clarification of Queensland’s border controls

As quickly as the COVID-19 situation changes in Australia and worldwide, so too does the impact of the virus and the government restrictions on employers and their businesses. We will continue to update employers as information becomes available. In this Alert we look at the latest announcements and changes including: the new government restrictions announced…

ALERT: Employers and employees must work together to minimise the affects of COVID-19 on businesses and the community

These are certainly unprecedented times, employers and employees must work together to manage the risks associated with the coronavirus (‘COVID-19’) in the workplace. Measures to reduce the spread will require co-operation and compliance with Federal and Queensland Government (‘Government’) directives and restrictions. We encourage all employers to regularly review the following websites for updates and…

ALERT: Employers and COVID-19

This is indeed a difficult time for all employers and their employees. It is a time for consideration of all available facts and information. Aitken Legal stresses that your primary sources of information about the COVID-19 health situation should come from the Federal Department of Health and the Queensland Department of Health. With a nationally…

ALERT: 31 Awards extensively varied to commence 4 February 2020

Modern awards will be extensively varied in 2020 as the 4-yearly review of awards starts to come to an end. The Fair Work Commission has released the first group of 31 varied awards which will come into effect on 4 February 2020. The changes made include various award specific variations as well as restructuring, technical…

ALERT: Important Upcoming Changes

In this alert we touch on some of the important upcoming changes that you need to be aware of in relation to: Annualised Salaries in Awards Mandatory Whistleblower Policies due 1 January 2020 Award changes Annualised Salaries in Awards – changes coming The Fair Work Commission recently decided that changes will be made to the…

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