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Back to the office: Working from home to change as Queensland lifts restrictions on attending the workplace

Back to the office: Working from home to change as Queensland lifts restrictions on attending the workplace

1 June 2020

Queensland has lifted restrictions on attending the office, encouraging workers to speak with their employer about a safe return to work.

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FEG: Who is the ‘true employer’ and liable for unpaid employee entitlements in a group of companies?

FEG: Who is the ‘true employer’ and liable for unpaid employee entitlements in a group of companies?

1 June 2020

In a recent decision, a holding company of a group of companies was held to be the ‘true employer’, despite its subsidiary being documented as the ‘employer of record’.

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Queensland | COVID-19 Commercial Leasing Code

Queensland | COVID-19 Commercial Leasing Code

29 May 2020

On 28 May 2020, the Retail Shop Leases and Other Commercial Leases (COVID-19 Emergency Response) Regulation 2020 (Qld) (the Queensland Code) was passed. It gives legal effect to the National Cabinet Mandatory Code of Conduct – SME Commercial Leasing Principles During COVID-19 (the National Code) in Queensland.

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Workpac decision confirms casual employees can double dip by receiving casual loading and paid annual and personal leave

Workpac decision confirms casual employees can double dip by receiving casual loading and paid annual and personal leave

29 May 2020

In what is being described as employees ‘double dipping’, the Full Federal Court’s recent decision in Workpac v Rossato confirms that an employee who is paid a casual loading on the misunderstanding that they are a casual employee, may also claim permanent entitlements such as paid annual leave and personal leave.

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