Useful Links to Support Your Firm Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

We've collated some resources that we think will be very useful to you and your firms in difficult times. If there is anything else that you need support with please don't hesitate to get in contact and we will help source more resources for you and your firm.



Webinars

We are adding more and more webinars so be sure to check in frequently to see what new topics are being added.


On-Demand Learning

Content available:


Useful Links

Australia

New Zealand

 

Australian Taxation Office - Assistance for Business Fact Sheet

Coronavirus Government Support Package Summary 

Australian Economic Stimulus - Treasury Website

Copy of slides Q&A webinar held Thursday 2 April 2020

Downloadable pdf links:

Summary or benefits diagram as at 30 March 2020

Business Readiness Checklist

Employers Obligations

Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand - Looking after mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19
 

Employment Law and Associated Resources

 

Employment Law Considerations

 

Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA  - Work From Home Template Pack

Pack includes the following templates:

  • Ergonomic Assessment Self Check
  • IT Equipment Checkout Form
  • Managing Staff Working Remotely
  • How to Work Well From Home
  • Working From Home Checklist

It's important to note that the employers liability for an employees health and safety will extend into the home environment in cases whereby the employee is working from home.

As a minimum an employer should have employees complete an Ergonomic Assessment of their working environment, ideally by completing a checklist and returning a signed copy to the employer. Employers should also request a photo of the employees’ workstation so they are can ensure reasonable compliance by the employee. It is the employers responsibility to make any necessary adjustments.

It is also worth noting that the remote (or home) working environment is likely to be an extension of the employer’s physical office space and as such any injury sustained within the home office environment could fall under the employers workers compensation insurance policy. Employers should seek advice from their insurers on this matter, amend policies to include home office environments and look to implement, where possible, specific working hours with employees to reduce their exposure.

There is an Ergonomic Assessment checklist in the link above.

 

 

 

 

Employment Hero

  • Redundancy letter templates
  • Online Webinars
  • Various other Resources
 

Office of the Australian Information Commissioner

 

Fair Work Australia - COVID-19 Advice

Legal Services Award (March 2020)

There will likely be changes to the Legal Services Award resulting from the recent changes to the Clerks - Private Sector Award (Summary & Decision).

The Fair Work Commission proposes to vary 103 modern awards as a result. FWC application details can be viewed here. A summary of the proposed changes is below.

Proposed variation to 103 modern awards - Click to view
 

The timesheet requirements implemented in March 2020 remain unchanged for employees working from home. That is, any employees on the Legal Services Awards must still record their hours worked and submit a timesheet each week. Their start and finish times must also be recorded. For a summary of these changes members can access a suite of documents and guidance notes


World Health Organisation


State Government Websites/Updates

NSWVICQLDSAWATASNTACT

 


Legal Resources

State

 

COVID-19 Specific Page

 

Supervision of RP & PLT

WA

 WA Legal Practice Board RP & PLT

 

 Law Society of WA  

SA

 Legal Practitioners Education and Admissions Council (LPEAC)  


 

 

 Law Society of SA 

PLT Guidance 

RP Guidance 

VIC

 Law Institute of Victoria  

QLD

 Queensland Law Society  

NSW

 Law Society of NSW  

TAS

 

Law Society of Tasmania

Firm Information

  

ACT

 The Law Society of the ACT  

NT

 Law Society NT  

 


ALPMA Resources

Templates & Checklists

Pandemic Plan Template
Risk Register Template
Checklist for On Boarding an Employee into a Remote Working Environment
Q&A Webinar Summary Notes: COVID-19: Employment Law and WH&S Obligations recorded 24 March 2020
 Ideas for Managing Staff Remotely

 

 

Articles

Law Firms response to COVID-19
Remote Working: 8 Top Tips to implement remote working quickly and efficiently
Staying Mentally Healthy when Working from Home
Accessing super due to COVID-19 hardship by legalsuper
 
 

Online Resources

Prepare or Panic? Business Continuity Planning Essentials - On Demand Seminar
LinkedIn Collection - Remote Working - Free Access for ALPMA Members
 
 

If you have lost or not received your activation email for LinkedIn Learning please email Fiona Croswell

Second LinkedIn Learning Licence

ALPMA Members can fill out this form to activate a second licence (until 12 May 2020)


ALPMA Partner Resources

 

 

 

  

 

Lexis Nexis Information Hub How to Prepare for the Potential Impact of the Corona Virus New Zealand - Business Readiness Kit 

Macquarie Bank Coronavirus Resource


 

 

 

 

 

 


ALPMA Partner Offers

 

 
Working From Home Furniture Packages

 

Mondi Paper Promotion

 

Working From Home Equiment and Supplies

 


Law Firm Resources

K&L Gates - Thought Leadership

Piper Alderman COVID-19 Resource Hub

Podcast: Is your business prepared for the employment law consequences of COVID-19?

Podcast: COVID-19 and Work Health and Safety Obligations


Mental Health Foundation

Staying Mentally Healthy when Working from Home

Top Tips for Successfully Working from Home

Beyond Blue - Looking after your Mental Health during the Coronavirus outbreak

Beyond Blue - Depression & Anxiety Checklists

Australian Psychological Society - Tips for coping with Coronavirus anxiety


Long Term Strategies For Working From Home

Working from Home

Supporting staff working from home

WA Dept. Education. Educational Resources for Home Schooling: Kindergarten through Year 10

 

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