‘Portable entitlements for insecure work’: Anthony Albanese promising new workplace laws under Labor

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Federal opposition leader Anthony Albanese is proposing a number of sizeable work reforms: Among them, an aim to provide those in insecure work with entitlements and employment security.

Businesses are struggling to get ‘COVIDSafe’

Small and medium businesses are struggling to get ready for a return to work as they attempt to decipher the complex and costly requirements which allow them to reopen, says Employsure, Australia’s largest workplace advisory firm for SMEs.  The call comes as states begin to ease lockdown restrictions and permit a reopening of hospitality and… Continue reading Businesses are struggling to get ‘COVIDSafe’

Let’s Talk: Supporting employees and protecting their wellbeing

Supporting employees has never been more important than now, given the uncertainty we are experiencing. Although lockdowns are slowly easing, the working and business world won’t be back to “normal” any time soon. In fact, perhaps it will never go back but only move forward towards a “new normal.” How can businesses best support employees and… Continue reading Let’s Talk: Supporting employees and protecting their wellbeing

Why JobKeeper creates cash flow issues for businesses

The announcement of the government’s $130 billion JobKeeper Payment scheme was greeted with a sigh of relief for many businesses who are struggling with paying staff wages as part of the financial challenges caused by coronavirus (COVID-19). The scheme supports businesses significantly affected by the coronavirus to help keep more Australians in jobs and is… Continue reading Why JobKeeper creates cash flow issues for businesses

How businesses can support parents during COVID-19

Shazia Juma-Ross is the Co-founder and CEO of Skills and Thrills and former Global COO of Macquarie Capital.

How can employers best support their parent employees during this time, with the COVID-19 pandemic forcing many businesses to adopt work from home models? Recent weeks have seen many businesses and organisations embrace remote work to continue operating throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Although this is causing challenges for all employees, it’s a particularly challenging time… Continue reading How businesses can support parents during COVID-19

JobKeeper: The winners and the losers

With JobKeeper now open for enrolments, many Australian businesses have jumped on board.  Worth $130 billion, the scheme is designed to help businesses affected by COVID-19 to cover the costs of their employees’ wages, enabling more employees to retain their jobs and continue to earn an income. Eligible businesses can receive and forward on $1,500… Continue reading JobKeeper: The winners and the losers

The $130 billion wage subsidy scheme (JobKeeper payment) explained

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Prime Minister Scott Morrison announce the government's $130b wage subsidy package at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Monday, March 30, 2020. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

A $130 billion wage subsidy scheme (JobKeeper) has been announced by federal government to support businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan to subside wages, known as the JobKeeper payment, is historic, with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg stating to Sky News this morning that Australia has “never seen income support like this.” Prime Minister Scott Morrison… Continue reading The $130 billion wage subsidy scheme (JobKeeper payment) explained

Employers, redundancy should be last resort during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced businesses across Australia and New Zealand to close their doors, putting employers in the difficult position of what to do with staff. Hundreds of thousands of workers in a number of industries, including the travel, hospitality and retail sectors are facing months of uncertainty, with COVID-19 expected to further spread… Continue reading Employers, redundancy should be last resort during COVID-19