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.
We are adding more and more webinars so be sure to check in frequently to see what new topics are being added.
- Q&A Webinar: COVID-19: Employment Law and WH&S Obligations recorded 24 March 2020
- Q&A Webinar Summary Notes: COVID-19: Employment Law and WH&S Obligations recorded 24 March 2020
- Q&A Webinar: COVID-19: Australian Economic Stimulus package - copy of slides (no recording available)
Australian Taxation Office - Assistance for Business Fact Sheet
|Coronavirus Government Support Package Summary|
Australian Economic Stimulus - Treasury Website
Downloadable pdf links:
|Business Readiness Checklist|
Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand - Looking after mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19
Employment Law and Associated Resources
Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA - Work From Home Template Pack
Pack includes the following templates:
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.
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
Fair Work Australia - COVID-19 Advice
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.
State Government Websites/Updates
COVID-19 Specific Page
Supervision of RP & PLT
|WA Legal Practice Board||RP & PLT|
|Law Society of WA|
|Legal Practitioners Education and Admissions Council (LPEAC)|
|Law Society of SA|
|Law Institute of Victoria|
|Queensland Law Society|
|Law Society of NSW|
|The Law Society of the ACT|
|Law Society NT|
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
|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|
|Prepare or Panic? Business Continuity Planning Essentials - On Demand Seminar|
|LinkedIn Collection - Remote Working - Free Access for ALPMA Members|
ALPMA Members can fill out this form to activate a second licence (until 12 May 2020)
|Lexis Nexis Information Hub||How to Prepare for the Potential Impact of the Corona Virus||New Zealand - Business Readiness Kit|
ALPMA Partner Offers
Working From Home Furniture Packages
Mondi Paper Promotion
Working From Home Equiment and Supplies
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