In this article we canvass the usual first of July changes: the high income threshold applying to access for unfair dismissal, and the application of an award, as well as the less usual – changes to the Federal Government’s paid parental leave scheme and the industrial manslaughter laws in Victoria.
Motive and opportunity are the frequent precursors to criminal behaviour. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way most of us work and that in turn gives rise to new opportunities for unethical behaviour, criminal acts and misconduct.
Not having a plan is not an option anymore. The challenge for any organisation is develop a comprehensive business continuity plan (BCP) to support and enable normal business functions to be maintained in the event of the materialisation of a risk to business continuity.
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.