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.
A new section 588GAAA has been inserted into the Corporations Act 2001 to provide temporary relief for directors concerning their personal liability for insolvent trading. The temporary relief does not apply to a director’s other common law and statutory duties.
As most workers who are able to have now settled into working from home arrangements, one of the most significant challenges facing organisations at present is Business Continuity Management (BCM). Our recent article discusses Business Continuity Management and some of the issues that should be addressed in any organisation’s BCM plan. This article seeks to discuss the risks to business continuity posed by 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.