Considering Redundancy during COVID-19


Most businesses have been (and still are), affected in different ways throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic.

In many cases, sales/business is well down and employees that were busy prior, are now not required to work as much as they did, if at all. JobKeeper legislation has certainly helped businesses that fit the eligibility criteria, but there are others that do not qualify but still need to change their workforce. This can be done by agreement in 
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Termination of an employee, whilst often unpleasant,  is a common business reality. Gone are the days where employers could simply fire a staff member on the spot without consequences, and rightly so. Termination may occur as a result of:
  • Poor performance
  • Misconduct
  • Inappropriate behaviour
  • Redundancy
No matter what the reason for termination, employers must be diligent in satisfying provisions in legislation.  So, why is this so important? It is simple reall
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Redundancy & Stand down

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) recently began legal proceedings against an employer after it attempted to avoid its obligations by placing six of its employees on extended stand down due to a lack of work. Redundancy - happens when an employer either:
  • doesn't need an employee’s job to be done by anyone, or
  • becomes insolvent or bankrupt.
Stand down - involves directing an employee to stop perfo
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