NSW introduces changes to workers compensation laws amid COVID-19
Changes to NSW workers compensation laws. If a worker is in “prescribed employment” and contracts COVID-19 (and lodges a workers compensation claim), they now get immediate wage cover and medical expenses.
‘Casual’ mine worker successful in claim for paid leave entitlements
the Full Federal Court has found a worker (in WorkPac v Rossato) is entitled to paid annual leave entitlements, despite being employed on a casual basis and receiving the casual worker "pay loading".
What’s causing the surge of unfair dismissal claims?
In May 2020, Fair Work Commission President, Justice Iain Ross AO revealed that unfair dismissal claims have increased by 60% in April 2020 as compared to April 2019. In this article, we identify three potential factors contributing to the increased unfair dismissal claims.
Maritime Officer wins “reimbursement of revalidation expenses” originally rejected by employer
Another great win for Maritime Officers. This decision is a significant win for the Union and its members and provides clarity for members to access benefits of any additional obligations of the employer that may exist under the Agreement.
The Family Law Courts establish a new “COVID-19 list” to deal with urgent coronavirus impacted matters
The Family Law Courts have now implemented a COVID-19 list. The list is exclusively for urgent family law matters which have arisen as a direct result of the impact of the coronavirus.
Hall Payne secures win for maritime officers and marine engineers
Hall Payne secures a great win for members of the Australian Maritime Officers’ Union and the Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers in a recent appeal to a Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission related to rejection of the Enterprise Agreement.
The JobKeeper scheme: employee entitlements and employer responsibilities
Although the JobKeeper scheme has been widely heralded, there have also been a number of concerns raised; particularly in relation to potential unscrupulous behaviour by some employers.
Sacked for serious misconduct – summary dismissals
We've noticed a spike in employees being terminated ‘summarily’ or without notice, for alleged serious misconduct since the COVID-19 pandemic started. So, what is serious misconduct and why might there be a spike? What can you be instantly terminated for and can you challenge being sacked summarily?
Are you safe at work during the COVID-19 pandemic? WHS rights and entitlements
As coronavirus continues to play an increasing risk to all Australian workers, your employer must allow you to work from home wherever and whenever you can. This should include the modification of business practices where possible. Learn all about your WHS rights here.