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Workplace Matters

Welcome to Workplace Matters, your online resource for all things employment and safety.

On this page you will find our latest thinking in the form of alerts, publications, articles, opinions and podcasts. With our insights all in the one place, we aim to make it as easy as possible to find what you are looking for to support you in how you do business every day.

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13 August 2020 | All in a day's work-Landmark High Court decision bittersweet for some on the accrual of personal/carer's leave

We examine the Mondelez case and the High Court's decision on the accrual of personal/carer's leave and the definition of a "day" under an industrial instrument.
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23 January 2020 | What to expect in employment and industrial relations in 2020

Partners Brendan Charles and Felicity Edwards predict the issues Australian employers may face in 2020 (new award terms, religious discrimination and #MeToo laws).
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26 March 2020 | Criminalising wage non-compliance: Victoria’s Wage Theft Bill 2020 introduced to Parliament

Melbourne Special Counsel Sam Jackson discusses the three top three things employers need to know about the proposed Wage Theft Bill 2020.
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30 July 2020 | New requirement to notify WorkSafe Victoria of confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses

On 28 July 2020, the Victorian Government introduced temporary regulations requiring employers to notify WorkSafe Victoria of confirmed cases of COVID-19.
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22 July 2020 | Workplace COVID-19 regular wrap-up - 22 July 2020

JobKeeper has been extended to March 2021, albeit in a revised format. Here's a helpful infographic summarising the key changes to JobKeeper's payment system and the amounts paid.
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21 July 2020 | Dreamworld's parent company Ardent Leisure faces three charges over 2016 fatal ride accident

Ardent Leisure could face significant fines totalling a maximum of $4.5 million. The Office of the Work Health and Safety Prosecutor has confirmed no further changes will be laid in this matter.
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13 July 2020 | Workplace Podcast #4 - The Evolving Workplace - 13 July 2020

In this fourth podcast, Partners Luke Holland and Catherine Wilkinson discuss employment issues on the horizon for the workplace as we look to the new normal post COVID-19 hibernation.
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10 July 2020 | Workplace COVID-19 regular wrap-up - 10 July 2020

This update looks at the surge in unfair dismissal claims as well as WHS obligations relating to mental health during a pandemic.
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11 June 2020 | Work Health and Safety Amendment (Review) Bill 2020 (NSW) Update

The Work Health and Safety Amendment (Review) Bill 2020 (NSW) passed through the NSW Upper House on 4 June 2020 and introduces a raft of new amendments to existing legislation.
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15 June 2020 | $3m fine imposed on company for first industrial manslaughter prosecution in Queensland

The first conviction and sentence for a charge of industrial manslaughter was imposed in the Brisbane District Court on 11 June 2020.

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