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Commission muddies the water on whether working from home is a benefit for employees

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Australia in March 2020, there has been significant shifts towards working from home across multiple industries. The NSW Personal Injury Commission has now considered in what circumstances being refused the opportunity to work from home may amount to the withdrawal of an employment benefit or transfer, namely for the purpose of a section 11A defence to a psychological injury condition.
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COVID-19 guidance for employers from the safety regulators

While most businesses are returning to more normal operations following rolling lockdowns, it’s not all smooth sailing for employers and managers. Many business and employment decisions on how to best respond to and plan for COVID-19 related impacts are being made with little guidance from Governments or legal precedents.
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Prevention is always better than a cure – Increased protection in the workplace for sexual harassment

The Commonwealth Government has been under considerable pressure for months to step in to respond to several high-profile incidents of sexual harassment. The recent tabling in the Commonwealth Parliament of a Bill with a raft of amendments to Commonwealth sexual harassment legislation provides additional options for employees to take action in relation to occurrences of sexual harassment. These options are both preventative and potentially much less expensive.
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‘Long-COVID’ - Dealing with COVID-19 workplace injuries and consequential conditions

The current two-week lockdown in NSW is a timely reminder that COVID-19 and the risk of COVID-19 infections in the course of employment remain real, particularly for those essential workers who are unable to work from home.
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Omnibus Bill: The end of ‘double dipping’

Following the decision in WorkPac Pty Ltd v Rossato [2020] FCAFC 84 (Rossato Decision), many casual employees in Australia were likely to have been categorised as permanent employees, on the basis that they:

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