The impact of the March 2020 changes to the provisions around annualised salaries were far reaching and varied. They also possibly didn’t receive the attention they deserved when they launched in the middle of what was an exceptional year and a rapidly changing landscape.
Compliance with the new provisions placed a series of new and heightened obligations around communication, contracting, record keeping and overall operational management of the applicable employees. In addition to the obvious operational challenges; without consideration; implementation of the new provisions could also result in lower levels of employee engagement and motivation .
Join Gemma Sharp, Special Counsel of Cooper Grace Ward and Stephen van Dorp, COO of Mullins Lawyers for a presentation about the award changes, risk mitigation and compliance and the impacts they have experienced in every day practice.
Special Counsel, Workplace Relations & Safety
Cooper Grace Ward
As a special counsel in Cooper Grace Ward’s workplace relations and safety team, Gemma brings over 10 years’ experience providing advice on employment, industrial discrimination, and health and safety matters.
Gemma advises a range of clients across various industries, including retail, finance, early childhood and education, transport, and religious organisations on issues such as: compliance and duties under workplace health and safety legislation; unlawful discrimination and sexual harassment; the operation of employment contracts and restraint of trade provisions; independent contractor and employee distinctions; award and enterprise agreement applicability and provisions; dismissal risks and strategies; management of ill and injured employees; workers’ compensation claims; and general protections claims.
In the past 12 months, Gemma has provided clients with a wide range of advice on legal issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in relation to its ongoing impacts for employers.
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