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How will the recently announced ‘JobKeeper’ payment affect me?
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How will the recently announced ‘JobKeeper’ payment affect me?

The current COVID-19 pandemic threatening not only people’s health but also their livelihoods. An estimated 1 million people are expected to lost their jobs due to the Government’s strict social distancing rules and the shutting down of businesses to ‘flatten the curve’. In an attempt to mitigate the damage workers across the country are facing, the Morrison Government announced a measure called the ‘JobKeeper’ payment. So what does this mean for employees?

Can my employment conditions be altered due to COVID-19?
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Can my employment conditions be altered due to COVID-19?

Premier Daniel Andrews’ most recent statement announced the shut down of all non-essential activity across Victoria to combat the spread of coronavirus. This includes the immediate closure of all restaurants, pubs, casinos, gyms, places of worship and entertainment centers, leading to the displacement of many employees

What happens if my employer closes the business as a result of COVID-19?
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What happens if my employer closes the business as a result of COVID-19?

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting businesses across Australia and the course of the pandemic remains very uncertain. It is foreseeable that if the virus continues to spread, it will further impact businesses that may result in some shutting down temporarily or permanently.

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Can I be discriminated against by my employer for holding a criminal record?

The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic) prevents employers from discriminating against employees based on protected attributes. Whilst the list of protected attributes is exhaustive, neither of these legislations include the holding of a Criminal Record as a protected attribute, making criminal record holders particularly vulnerable during employment processes.

Can I be classified as an employee of a business if I’m a director or a partner in a business?
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Can I be classified as an employee of a business if I’m a director or a partner in a business?

The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and industry awards and/or enterprise bargaining agreements provide industry and national minimum standards and safeguards for employees. These safeguards apply to entitlements including leave, remuneration, and redundancy payment(s). The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) protects your rights via a means that your employer cannot contract out of.

Can I refuse to attend work If I believe the conditions are not safe?
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Can I refuse to attend work If I believe the conditions are not safe?

Under Australian Common Law, employees have an implied duty of obedience and cooperation within their employment relationship. This means that it is an employee’s duty to obey an employer’s lawful and reasonable direction.

I primarily work in Victoria but am employed by an interstate company. What are my employment rights?
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I primarily work in Victoria but am employed by an interstate company. What are my employment rights?

The Fair Work Act 2009 is the key legislative instrument regulating employment in Australia. There are, however, certain employment-related matters beyond the scope of the Fair Work Act 2009 that continue to be governed at the State and Territory level.

I have been personally affected by the bushfires; do I need to attend work and can I volunteer?
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I have been personally affected by the bushfires; do I need to attend work and can I volunteer?

Natural disasters often result in employees requiring time off to care for themselves or their family. Employers should keep in mind the health and wellbeing of their staff when granting access to leave entitlements as state workplace health and safety laws provide for a general duty of care toward employees that should be considered.

 

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Am I entitled to remuneration for training as part of my employment?

When you start a new job, it is common for your employer to require you to undertake training. If you have completed on-the-job training or an online course, you may be wondering, ‘am I entitled to remuneration for the training period?’

I am being bullied at work. How can I diplomatically resolve the situation?
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I am being bullied at work. How can I diplomatically resolve the situation?

The modern-day workplace is filled with a diverse range of employees who hold different views and opinions, so it is only natural for disagreements to arise. Bullying is often an unfortunate outcome of such disagreements and due to the fragile nature of many professional relationships, resolving the situation is often a difficult predicament for the victim.

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