A quick Q&A covering COVID-related employment scenarios

With Victoria currently in the middle of Stage 4 restrictions, with impending announcements to be made in the next few weeks concerning the lifting of restrictions (hopefully!), it’s a good time to revisit some of the trickier scenarios surrounding employment and employment-related laws. There’s a lot of information out there at the moment, but as [...]

2020-09-07T03:28:37+00:00September 7th, 2020|Business Advice, Corporate Advisory, employees, Employment Law|Comments Off on A quick Q&A covering COVID-related employment scenarios

Can you request your JobKeeper employees to work more hours?

Yes. But the request must be considered ‘reasonable’. If an employer requests an employee to work on different days, or at different times (outside of their ‘ordinary hours’), the employee must consider the request and cannot unreasonably refuse. A ‘reasonable’ refusal would be situations such as caregiving responsibilities. If an employee unreasonably refuses the request, [...]

2020-09-01T20:33:19+00:00September 1st, 2020|Business Advice, Compliance, Corporate Advisory, employees, Employment Law|Comments Off on Can you request your JobKeeper employees to work more hours?

Another lockdown, another rent relief request

Many commercial tenants who have experienced a downturn in their business due to the COVID-19 outbreak have gone through the process of requesting and securing rent relief from their landlords for the relevant period under the emergency measures legislation (being 29 March 2020 to 29 September 2020). Unfortunately, following the false start which preceded the [...]

2020-07-30T23:33:33+00:00July 22nd, 2020|Business Advice, Contracts, Dispute Resolution, Property|Comments Off on Another lockdown, another rent relief request

Casual employees on the JobKeeper scheme refusing to work – is this allowed?

As many would be aware, eligible employers to the JobKeeper scheme are required to pay eligible employees $1,500.00 gross, or the amount payable to the employee for the performance of work (whichever is greater). However, the requirements for the JobKeeper scheme do not actually require the employee to perform any work in the period paid. [...]

2020-06-02T22:59:20+00:00June 2nd, 2020|Business Advice, Compliance, Corporate Advisory, employees, Employment Law|Comments Off on Casual employees on the JobKeeper scheme refusing to work – is this allowed?