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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In light of the evolving global coronavirus pandemic, the team at HR Assured has created this page which is dedicated to supporting business owners and HR managers. The content on this page aims to address some sensitive issues many businesses are facing in these uncertain times. Now more than ever, we will navigate this situation together. If there are things you need from us or additional ways we can support you, please let us know.

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Week in Review – Q&A webinar for businesses
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July
30
Location: Zoom online
Time: 12:30PM
JobKeeper 2.0 - what you need to know about the updated scheme.
Wes O'Donnell National Workplace Relations Manager is hosting this Q&A webinar.
Week in Review – complimentary webinar for businesses
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July
17
Location: Zoom online
Time: 12:30PM
Wes O'Donnell National Workplace Relations Manager will be addressing the following topics:
• An understanding of the key priorities of the FWO;
• Changes to the Compliance and Enforcement Policy;
• JobKeeper review;
• Widening of the pandemic and arising economic restrictions; and
• Tips to audit your business and avoid underpayment issues and accidental wage theft.
JobKeeper Rules Explained – Q&A session
Wes O'Donnell, National Workplace Relations Manager.
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Get up to speed on COVID-19
Common questions from business owners.

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JobKeeper 2.0: preparing for the unknown
As we hurtle towards the end of the first stage of JobKeeper, it’s time for businesses to look to the future – as uncertain as it may be – to ensure they not only survive, but thrive, in the new world that 2021 will bring.
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Changes to NSW Workers Compensation Legislation: Employment is now presumed to have caused workers to contract COVID-19
In recognition of the heavy legislative burden on employers to ensure their employees’ health and safety while at work as far as, is reasonably practicable under existing work health and safety laws, the NSW Government has modified the workers compensation legislation to place fault on the shoulders of certain employers where their employees contract COVID-19.
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Government confirms JobKeeper scheme to be extended but with changes
Prime Minister Scott Morison this afternoon announced the JobKeeper scheme will be extended until March 2020. Here's everything you need to know...
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A safe working environment – how far does an employer’s liability extend?
Employers have obligations under Work Health & Safety legislation to do whatever is reasonably practicable to ensure the health and safety of their employees in the workplace.
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Coronavirus update 7 July 2020 – Victoria moves back to Level 3 restrictions
Just when Australians were beginning to transition into a “coronavirus normal”, Victoria has seen an alarming and unacceptable spike in newly confirmed coronavirus cases which has forced the State into “fight” mode.
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Tips to support employees with young families during the pandemic
As lockdown restrictions ease across the country, we’re now seeing schools and childcare facilities reopen. And while it’s true that most employees with young families will no longer need to educate or care for their children from home, there may be other circumstances which arise that may impact some employees and their working commitments.
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10 HR initiatives to connect your disconnected workforce
We’ve put together a list of HR initiatives designed to help you build culture and make your disconnected workforce more connected.
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COVID-19 causes unprecedented spike in unfair dismissal claims
Since COVID-19 hit, the Fair Work Commission has experienced a 70% spike in unfair dismissal cases...
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A guide to WH&S and returning to the workplace amidst a crisis
To help you get your people safely back to work, we‘ve prepared a ‘Transitioning back to the workplace’checklist outlining the steps businesses should take to make their workplaces safe for returning employees.
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Government announces JobMaker plan
Today, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a post-pandemic economic plan ‘JobMaker’, to raise Australia’s suffering economy out of the “ICU”.
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Redundancy – part 5: payment entitlements
How to compliantly proceed with a redundancy – part 5: payment entitlements
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Redundancy – part 4: redeployment
How to compliantly proceed with a redundancy – part 4: redeployment
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Redundancy – part 3: consultation obligations
How to compliantly proceed with a redundancy – part 3: consultation obligations
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Redundancy – part 2: operational requirements
How to compliantly proceed with a redundancy – part 2: operational requirements
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Redundancy – part 1: overview
How to compliantly proceed with a redundancy – part 1: overview
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Government announces a framework to ease lockdown restrictions
Today, National Cabinet announced a three-stage framework for relaxing coronavirus restrictions in Australia in an effort to restart the economy – these measures will be reviewed by the Government every three weeks.
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COVID-19 disputes before the Fair Work Commission
A new jurisdiction of dispute resolution to be managed by the Fair Work Commission (FWC).
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Pandemic not an excuse to avoid consultation obligations
Businesses seeking to undertake redundancy processes for staff due to economic downturn and lack of work associated with the COVID-19 must meet consultation obligations
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Pandemic Leave inserted into modern awards
The Fair Work Commission has temporarily inserted a new Schedule into 99 modern awards, which allows for Pandemic Leave, and the ability for employees to take twice as much annual leave at half pay.
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Australian Government released JobKeeper Rules
Over the Easter long weekend, the Australian Government released the JobKeeper payment Rules which are outlined in the Coronavirus Economic Response Package (Payments and Benefits) Rules 2020 (Rules) legislation.
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Social isolation and mental health
Anxiety, frustration, fear, boredom – these are just some of the feelings people are experiencing as Australians across the country practise social distancing and self-isolation to help control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). People are separated from loved ones, socially isolated, and have had many of the freedoms we take for granted stripped away. In many cases, the challenges of social distancing have been compounded by reduced working hours and income, or income lost altogether due to stand down.
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Critical COVID-19 amendments FWA
In response to COVID-19, yesterday the Australian Government introduced legislation to temporarily amends the Fair Work Act 2009 (Act) to assist employers and employees to work through the economic impact of COVID-19.
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JobKeeper payment Frequently Asked Questions
The Government has rolled out a suite of financial stimulus packages to support employers, employees and those who now find themselves out of work.
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JobKeeper wage subsidy Fact Sheet
In this Fact Sheet, we take a look at the new JobKeeper wage subsidy and what it means for businesses.
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Change to Clerks Private Sector Award
On 28 March 2020, the Fair Work Commission (the Commission) made a determination varying the Clerks Private Sector Award (Clerks Award). The determination inserted a special new COVID-19 flexibility schedule (Schedule I) which will have effect from 28 March 2020 until 30 June 2020.
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Government launches Coronavirus Australia app
Keeping up with the rapid changes of coronavirus (COVID-19) can feel like a full-time gig, and with so many media outlets reporting on the situation, how do you know which source of information is the most trustworthy and reliable?
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WHS and working from home
As an employer, you have a duty of care to provide a safe and healthy workplace for all employees, even if that workplace is their own home!
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Coronavirus update 23 March 2020
Employer stand down measures.
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Working from home
How to survive (and thrive) when working from home
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Social Distancing & Workplace Practices
The COVID-19 outbreak is likely to bring massive change to every workplace.
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3-minute masterclass
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Managing staff leave entitlements
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