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The evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation has raised numerous challenges for the property and construction sectors.
Modern awards covering the industries that were hit the hardest were the first to see urgent temporary provisions inserted to address the current pandemic, namely the Clerks Private Sector Award 2010 and Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2010. If your employees are covered by either of these awards you will find our earlier articles useful: The Clerks Private Sector 2010: the latest modern Award to respond to COVID-19 and Award flexibility in response to COVID-19: What employers need to know
Our recent articles have warned of temporary changes to more modern awards as the pandemic crisis escalates in Australia. Sure enough, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) of its own volition has now flagged significant pandemic-related changes to 100 modern awards. With submissions having been sought by the FWC by 4pm on Monday 6 April, subject to the submissions received, it is likely that a decision making the changes will be handed down mid-next week.
We recently brought to your attention the unprecedented interim changes to the Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2010 and warned that more would likely follow, as Australian businesses struggle to maintain employment levels and survive the COVID-19 crisis.
In his submissions to the Fair Work Commission (FWC), Christian Porter, Minister for Industrial Relations, noted that as at February 2020 approximately 14.3% of all employees (around 1.56 million people) were employed in positions governed, or supported, by the Clerks Private Sector Award 2010 (Award). This makes it unsurprising that this Award would be next in line for the FWC to consider the insertion of urgent interim measures.
On 24 March 2020, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) approved unprecedented interim changes to the Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2010 (Award), with similar provisions expected to be rolled out in many other modern awards as employers grapple with the ever changing landscape of the Australian economy.
In the wake of the World Health Organisation (WHO) declaring coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic, employers across Australia and the world are navigating an ever changing landscape of issues for their businesses. From a workers' compensation perspective, employers should be alive to the risks that flow from employees contracting the virus.
We are less than a quarter of the way into 2020, and Australia has seen a dramatic start to the year. After a summer of catastrophic bushfires, crippling drought, major storms and floods, Australians are now (with the rest of the world) facing the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).
In a decision clarifying 'continuous service', the Fair Work Commission (FWC) full bench has overturned Deputy President Mansini's decision to reject an unfair dismissal claim based on work irregularities.