Fair Work Commission releases first substantive COVID-19 decision

On 6 April, the Fair Work Commission handed down its first substantive decision regarding the COVID-19 crisis in Australian Municipal, Administrative, Clerical & Services Union v Auscript Australia Pty Ltd. Its finding that Auscript had breached its consultation obligations is not good news for employers seeking to implement rapid changes to their workforce. In this article, W+K […]

Operational and consequential impacts of COVID-19 on the construction industry

Between government-imposed social distancing measures and global supply chain disruptions, the construction industry is suffering. The sector is experiencing significant direct operational impacts, ranging from WHS issues and contractual exposures to the erosion of asset values. Professionals working in the industry are also struggling with the flow-on effects, including the challenge of discharging their obligations […]

Lockdown – what the Wage Subsidy Scheme means for NZ employers

The NZ economy has been severely hit by the impacts of the coronavirus, with many businesses now in lockdown. The Government has responded with a COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme to help businesses and affected workers in the short-term, as they adjust to the initial impact of COVID-19. For employers, the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme comes […]

Preying on the vulnerable – cyber claims predicted to rise due to COVID-19

Insurers are likely to receive an increase in cyber claims due to the impact of the coronavirus. Most businesses have had to accommodate remote working rapidly, leaving many with a range of cyber security exposures. There are already phishing scams using COVID-19 related messages to lure anxious individuals and the number of these is expected […]

W+K’s Jessica Chapman wins AILA’s inaugural Gill Award

We are delighted to announce that Jessica Chapman, a lawyer in W+K’s Sydney Financial Lines team, has won the Australian Insurance Law Association’s (AILA) inaugural Gill Award, which recognises lawyers for their research on issues that could affect the industry’s future. In her award submission, Jessica wrote and presented on: Decrypting crypto: The state of […]

Million dollar dismissal claims

Traditionally, multi-million dollar payouts in employment litigation were only awarded to executives of large corporates and high-profile public figures. With the evolution of the General Protections provisions in the Fair Work Act 1999, “average workers” are now regularly seeking – and winning – high levels of compensation and damages through adverse action claims. W+K’s EPL specialist […]