Vaccinating seafarers – an essential workforce?

In December 2020, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) passed several resolutions specifically addressing the need for seafarers, and other marine personnel, to be designated as key workers. Three vaccines have come to the forefront in Western countries – the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine, Moderna vaccine and Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine. Essential workers like healthcare workers have already started [...]

2021-01-31T22:18:03+00:00January 27th, 2021|Business Advice, Corporate Advisory|Comments Off on Vaccinating seafarers – an essential workforce?

Does COVID-19 Apply to Business Interruption Insurance? – New South Wales Court of Appeals Decision

The New South Wales Court of Appeal has recently handed down a decision that looked into Business Interruption insurance cover and whether COVID-19 related interruptions would be included or excluded. Business Interruption insurance cover historically includes exclusions for losses relating to quarantinable or infectious diseases that were applied globally to insurance policies, specifically following the [...]

2020-12-07T07:01:06+00:00December 7th, 2020|Business Advice, Corporate Advisory|Comments Off on Does COVID-19 Apply to Business Interruption Insurance? – New South Wales Court of Appeals Decision

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?