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Are you ready for it? JobKeeper 2.0 and the changes to flexibility under the Fair Work Act

The Coronavirus Economic Response Package (JobKeeper Payments) Amendment Act 2020 (Act) received royal assent on 3 September 2020. We have set out the key changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) for employers below. Legacy employers The changes allow “legacy employers” to issue JobKeeper enabling directions to eligible employees. Legacy employers are employers who …
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The calculation of personal leave has been ‘put to bed’ by the High Court

The High Court has determined that, for the purposes of paid personal/carer’s leave, a “day” means a “notional day”, consisting of 1/10th of an employee’s ordinary hours of work in a two-week (fortnightly) period or 1/26th of the employee’s ordinary hours of work in a year. How does this work in practice? It means, for …
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JobKeeper 2.0 – An extension of the JobKeeper payment, with some changes

  Modified JobKeeper payment The JobKeeper payment, which was originally due to expire on 27 September 2020, will now continue until 28 March 2021. From 28 September 2020, the payment rate of $1,500 per fortnight for eligible employees and business participants will be reduced as set out below. 28 September 2020 – 3 January 2021 …
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Schedule of rates or lump sum? Pick your poison

On 29 May 2020, the New South Wales Court of Appeal (Court of Appeal) handed down its decision in C&V Engineering Pty Ltd v Hamilton & Marino Builders Pty Ltd [2020] NSWCA 103. The case deals with a common dispute in construction supply contracts: whether the contract is a ‘schedule of rates contract’ or a …
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