COVID-19

COVID-19 EDITION 15: WORKER PERMITS IN VICTORIA DURING THE STAGE 4 LOCKDOWN AND BUSINESS SUPPORT

August 12, 2020

From 6 August 2020 all Victorian workplaces MUST be closed unless they are a permitted activity as defined in the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) ‘permitted work premises’ directions. If you are unclear about whether your business … Continue reading

COVID-19 EDITION 14: DO I HAVE TO WEAR A FACE MASK AT WORK IN VICTORIA?

July 27, 2020

As of midnight 22 July 2020 all employees in Victoria must now wear a face covering at their work premises unless they fit into one of these categories: the employee has a physical or mental health illness or condition, or … Continue reading

COVID-19 EDITION 13: CAN EMPLOYERS COLLECT INFORMATION FROM EMPLOYEES OR VISITORS IN RELATION TO COVID-19?

July 17, 2020

Australian Information Commissioner in March 2020 advised yes, an employer can however, employers should collect as little information as is reasonably necessary for preventing or managing COVID-19. That includes information that the Department of Health says in needed to identify … Continue reading

COVID-19 EDITION 12: ARE EMPLOYERS ALLOWED TO CARRY OUT TEMPERATURE TESTS ON EMPLOYEES?

July 1, 2020

Yes, employers can carry out temperature tests on willing employees, but the test should be a ‘no contact’ test, and employers are not allowed to force employees to submit to a temperature check. Employers have obligations to maintain a safe workplace and they have a … Continue reading

COVID-19 HELPFUL LINKS

June 16, 2020

For the latest Australian Government coronavirus advice and updates, go to: https://www.australia.gov.au/ For the latest Victorian Government coronavirus advice and updates, go to: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus For information about the COVID-19 status in Australia  and other coronavirus public health information, go to: … Continue reading

COVID-19 EDITION 11: RENT RELIEF FOR COMMERCIAL AND RETAIL TENANTS

May 25, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought changes to retail and commercial leasing laws. The Federal Government introduced a mandatory Code of Conduct for landlords and tenants. The Victorian Government has made regulations that apply to retail and commercial leases. The regulations … Continue reading

COVID-19 EDITION 10: SCAMMING DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS

May 21, 2020

With the state of emergency directions in place since 16 March 2020, and the consequential restrictions on leaving the house, we are at home more often and therefore more available to answer phone calls. Consequently, there has been an increase … Continue reading

COVID-19 EDITION 9: SCHOOL ZONES DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS

May 19, 2020

During the current state of emergency, most schools are closed, and learning has moved to the home. It is a time where a person may think that just because schools are not open, then we would not have to adhere … Continue reading

COVID-19 EDITION 8: JOBKEEPER AND SUPERANNUATION

May 18, 2020

Employers are not required to pay superannuation on additional payments that are made to employees as a result of JobKeeper payments. Where an employer receives the JobKeeper payment to subsidise the salaries and wages they ordinarily pay to eligible employees, … Continue reading

COVID-19 EDITION 7: JOBKEEPER – FOR EMPLOYEES

May 7, 2020

On 8 April 2020 the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020 was passed by both Houses of the Commonwealth Parliament inter alia to assist businesses to continue to operate during the COVID 19 Crisis. This Legislation has also resulted in amendments … Continue reading