Author: Svetlana Pozydajew

New (Temporary) Employment Rules During COVID-19

Australian parliaments and the policy arms of government agencies have never worked so hard since Australia declared there to be a COVID-19 pandemic. As COVID-19 creates havoc with lives, businesses and the economy, there has been a raft of changes regulating employment including temporary changes to annual leave and new pandemic leave in awards, JobKeeper Enabling Directions in the Fair Work Act, COVIDSafe App protections and more.

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Employment Options During COVID-19

Arising out of the disruption caused by COVID–19, not all staff in an organisation, whether casual or permanent, can continue to be gainfully employed performing their usual duties for their usual working hours. There are options and opportunities for retaining good people and building a more sustainable organisation but it will require consultation, collaboration and a dash of creativity.

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Notifiable Data Breach Scheme: 8 Weeks, 63 Notifications and One Facebook Scandal Later

Since the Notifiable Data Breach (NDB) Scheme has been in effect, there have been 63 mandatory data breach notices filed. The ongoing Facebook personal information issue also brings into sharp focus the privacy obligations of all organisations governed by the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs). In addition, some Australian companies are now faced with the new European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which, if applicable, will require compliance before 25 May 2018.

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Privacy Awareness Week: Is your Privacy Program up to date?

Are you a business with an annual turnover of $3 million, a reporting entity under the AML/CTF regime, or a credit reporting body? Do you collect customer details such as their name, address, telephone number, date of birth, bank account details, tax file numbers or opinions? If you answered yes to the questions above then guess what? The Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) applies to you, and guess what this week is… it’s Privacy Awareness Week (PAW)!  PAW is a great opportunity for you to review your organisation’s compliance with the Privacy Act and also understand the new Notifiable Data...

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28 July 2015: Workplace Relations Update for Executives On-the-Go

Criminal charges cleared against an Officer for alleged WHS breaches facebook Twitter LinkedIn RSS In a blog last year we wrote about the first charges to be laid against an ‘officer’ under the harmonised Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) in relation to a workplace incident that occurred in 2012. In an important development, the charges against Mr al-Hasani as an ‘officer’ of Kenoss Contractors Pty Ltd, have now been dismissed, as the ACT Industrial Magistrate held that Mr al-Hasani did not have a sufficient level of control or influence to be an “officer” within the meaning of the legislation. The...

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21 June: Workplace Update for Executives On-the-Go

Happy New (Financial) Year! Don’t miss important wage and super changes in FY17 facebook Twitter LinkedIn RSS Happy New (Financial) Year! Don’t miss important wage and super changes in FY17 Increase in minimum wage From the 1st July 2016, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has increased the national minimum wage by 2.4%.  This change will result in an increase from $656.90 a week to $672.70 per week or $17.70 per hour. This increase is slightly lower than last year’s increase of 2.5% and the amount continues the trend of lower increases compared to the 3% increase in 2014. The media has...

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June 2013: Not-for-profit Blog

Complaints about Charities facebook Twitter LinkedIn RSS The Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC) treads a diplomatic and political tightrope in pursuing the rogues in the charity sector that can give everybody a bad name (one of the catalysts for the Government creating the ACNC), and showing its soft, supportive educative role, which is the principal function supported by the Coalition.   The Coalition strongly opposes the ACNC having a policing function, as it does not believe that there has been sufficient evidence of problems in the sector to justify the ACNC’s powers. One of the ACNC Assistant...

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