Blog Category: Legal Updates

Can we require staff to have the COVID-19 vaccine?

By Jess Toop Posted January 20, 2021

With Australia’s largest vaccination program ever kicking off next month, many businesses are looking forward to moving further towards ‘normal’ operations. And central to this will be making sure that as many staff as possible get the COVID-19 vaccine.

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COVID-19: Stand downs & JobKeeper directions – What are the courts and tribunals saying?

By Jess Toop Posted October 19, 2020

In Australia during 2020, we have seen the COVID-19 pandemic prompt mass stand downs under existing Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) provisions, as well as temporary JobKeeper provisions being put in place to assist qualifying employers to use JobKeeper enabling directions and agreements to manage employees during these unprecedented times.

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JobKeeper & JobTrainer Update – Support for your business in response to COVID-19

By Jess Toop Posted July 21, 2020

1. Extension of JobKeeper

The Morrison Government has today announced that the JobKeeper Scheme, originally due to end on 27 September 2020, will continue at a reduced payment rate until 28 March 2021.

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Transitioning back to work ‘COVID-19 safe’

By Jess Toop Posted May 11, 2020

As the state and federal governments strive to keep Australia’s COVID-19 health crisis under control by maintaining a ‘flattened curve’ and containing outbreaks, much of the focus is shifting to combating the economic crisis caused by the pandemic, by gradually lifting restrictions and permitting businesses to re-open.

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COVID-19 – Leave entitlements for impacted employees

By Jess Toop Posted March 18, 2020

We have set out below a quick reference guide to the general position with respect to the various types of leave that a full-time, part-time or fixed term employee, who is impacted by the novel coronavirus outbreak, may be entitled to take or to request.

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Managing employees in the face of COVID-19

By Jess Toop Posted March 10, 2020

The outbreak and rapid spread of a novel corona virus, COVID-19, is throwing up all sorts of dilemmas for businesses – with a spotlight on business continuity planning.

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Probationary periods – let’s be clear

By Jess Toop Posted July 1, 2019

Some clients are astonished when they find out that the Fair Work Act 2009 makes no mention of probationary periods. That’s right – nowhere at all amongst the hundreds of pages. And whilst there are some common misunderstandings around probationary periods, the situation is usually very straightforward.

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Uber driver is a contractor, but Foodora rider is an employee – huh?

By Jess Toop Posted March 25, 2019

Gig work is on the rise – you are likely to have used taxi alternatives such as Uber, Ola or DiDi and arranged food delivery via Deliveroo or Foodora. Perhaps you have engaged someone to walk your dog, move some furniture or assist with hard drive recovery via Airtasker?

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2018 Employment Law Wrap

By Jess Toop Posted December 19, 2018

As Christmas approaches, Toop Workplace Law has put together a snapshot of 10 interesting developments in employment law this year – many of which will remain hot topics in 2019.

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