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COVID-19 Emergency Lease Legislation

The COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures) Act 2020 (NSW) (‘COVID Act‘) was assented to and became effective as at 25 March 2020. The COVID Act was introduced by the NSW Parliament to address the public health emergency impacts caused by COVID-19 in New South Wales. The measures introduced by the COVID Act will generally operate on …
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Temporary amendments to Australian insolvency laws due to coronavirus effective today

The Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus Act 2020 (Cth) (Act) has come into force.  The Act, among other things, makes temporary amendments to the Australian insolvency and corporations laws in light of the economic impacts of the coronavirus. Why have the amendments been made? The Act provides temporary relief for financially distressed businesses and individuals in …
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Stay or leave: a guide to coronavirus for employers

The employment law team has been assisting clients in traversing the issues that every employer will likely encounter following the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and has developed a quick reference guide. The issues are varied and, in some instances, complex. We encourage you to seek assistance early to avoid falling foul of your legal …
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What does the future hold? – the changing landscape for employers in Australia

Changes to the industrial relations system are looming, with the Prime Minister asking the Attorney-General in his capacity as Minister for Industrial Relations to look at the system and the Minister releasing two discussion papers seeking input about the operation of certain parts of the system. The closing date for submissions is 3 April 2020. …
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Reinstatement win for an employee who tested positive for cannabis

A 64 year old employee with six years’ service has been awarded reinstatement by the Fair Work Commission (FWC). The FWC determined that there was no valid reason for dismissal and even if there was a valid reason, the termination of employment was still harsh given the employee’s personal and financial circumstances. The lessons for …
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