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Christmas shutdown – can you force your staff to use annual leave?

It’s common for many businesses to shut down over the Christmas/New Year period, but whether you are able to direct your employees to use their leave over this period will depend on their Award. The amount of notice you must give is also Award-dependent, along with whether, and how, you … Continue reading

Covid-19 Commercial Lease Update – the National Code of Conduct

On Tuesday 7 April, the Prime Minister announced the introduction of a Mandatory Code of Conduct for Commercial Leases. As commercial and retail leasing is governed by state legislation, each state will need to make amendments to their own legislation to put the Code into law. However, tenants and landlords … Continue reading

Christmas shutdown and staff entitlements:

If you own a business and want to shut down over Christmas and New Year, there is nothing stopping you from doing this. However, make sure you understand any obligations you have that will continue during this time. If you decide to close down, you must still pay your full-time … Continue reading

CoINVEST for the construction industry

The construction industry is one of the only industries that has a portable long service scheme, which enables workers to take long service leave after a period of service in the industry, rather than with a single employer. If you are an employer in the construction industry in Victoria, chances … Continue reading

Dismissing an employee when they are on personal leave – when is this allowed?

Managing performance and terminating employment are unfortunately sometimes necessary parts of running a business, and as an employer, it’s crucial to make sure you go about these things in the right way. If you need to terminate somebody’s employment, you need to ensure that you have grounds to do this, … Continue reading

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