COVID-19: Responding to Even More Changes
Planning for the future: what does business look like after COVID-19?
- Many businesses are planning to restructure.
- Consider how is COVID-19 related to your restructure? And your short, mid, and long term business plans.
- Explore the line between genuine redundancy and unfair dismissal, including what consultation means.
- Obtaining an order reducing redundancy pay will depend on the financial circumstances of the employer.
Summary of new JobKeeper provisions
- The new legislation has not yet been finalised.
- The legislation will give continued, albeit more limited, flexibility for employers, that have previously qualified for JobKeeper but don't continue to meet the qualification tests.
JobKeeper in practice
- Cases show that the Fair Work Commission is willing to uphold JobKeeper directions which are reasonable taking into account the individual circumstances of employers.
- Directions should not disproportionately and unreasonably target particular classes of workers.
Mental health: where to from here?
- There has been a significant increase in calls to support services like Beyond Blue.
- Given this information, what is the duty that employers owe to their employees to support them?
- There are mental health impacts of working from home, including uncertainty, disengagement, and fatigue increasing.
- Redundancy and restructures are increasing as the planned end to JobKeeper looms, and these measures compound the above impacts.
- Mental health concerns are manifesting in absences, sickness, and performance issues. Working from home makes the management of these issues more difficult.
- Proactive management of employees is encouraged.
- Exploring the divide between employees who are coping and those who are not. How do you target risk in this environment?