The FWC on the front foot: “Pandemic leave” and annual leave at half pay

On 1 April 2020, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) released a statement proposing to temporarily vary 103 Awards (on the Commission's initiative) to include an entitlement to unpaid "pandemic leave" and to include the flexibility for employees to take annual leave at half pay. Pandemic leave This measure is designed to [...]

2020-04-03T10:15:31+10:00April 3rd, 2020|

Free webinar: Incorporated Associations and Collections Act Amendments – An honest conversation

On 15 April 2020, QUT is hosting a free webinar with our very own Paul Paxton-Hall and Prof Myles McGregor-Lowndes who will discuss the implications of the passing of the Associations Incorporation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 recently passed by the Queensland Parliament. The form will affect some 22,000 incorporated [...]

2020-04-01T09:55:09+10:00April 1st, 2020|

Treatment of bequests post-merger

Background In recent years we have seen a number of mergers in the not-for-profit sector; particularly in the disability services area as organisations better align their strategy with NDIS funding implications in mind. Usually, a merger will involve one party (the transferring entity) transferring its assets and liabilities to the other [...]

2020-04-01T09:45:38+10:00April 1st, 2020|

Managing member meetings in the era of social distancing

Amongst the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 is how member-based organisations can continue to hold meetings of members, both to comply with timeframes for holding Annual General Meetings (AGMs), and to ensure that those organisations that are registered charities meet ACNC Governance Standard 2 requiring charities to take reasonable steps [...]

2020-04-01T09:45:53+10:00April 1st, 2020|

ATO support channels for NFPs during COVID-19

The ATO's Not for Profit Centre and Government has provided the below contact details and links to resources for not-for-profits in need of support or guidance arising from the COVID-19 crisis. Key ATO Support channels for NFPs Tax agent disaster hotline 1800 700 724 Emergency info support line (option 5) 1800 806 [...]

2020-04-01T11:01:08+10:00April 1st, 2020|

Temporary Award variations in response to COVID-19 crisis for employers of clerical and hospitality employees

Over the past week, the Fair Work Commission has handed down decisions which allow employers of those covered by the Clerks – Private Sector Award 2010 (Clerical Award) and the Hospitality Industry (General) Award 2010 (Hospitality Award) greater flexibility during the COVID-19 crisis. Unless extended on further application, the variations to [...]

2020-03-31T11:28:34+10:00March 31st, 2020|

Special alert on employment issues concerning COVID-19

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 virus has brought with it great uncertainty for most businesses.  Not only are organisations struggling with how best to keep their employees safe at this time, the various steps that state and federal governments are now taking to slow down the spread of the [...]

2020-03-23T17:07:13+10:00March 23rd, 2020|

Contracts and COVID-19: does your force majeure clause cover it?

Many commercial contracts these days will contain a force majeure clause.  A force majeure clause operates to suspend an affected party's obligations under a contract if certain unforeseen and uncontrollable events occur (such as an act of god, war, civil commotion etc) that make it difficult or impossible for a party [...]

2020-03-16T09:40:03+10:00March 16th, 2020|

Government’s response to ACNC legislation review

Background In accordance with the requirements of the Australian Charities & Not-for-Profits Commission Act (Act), the Act was reviewed by a government appointed panel in early 2018. In May 2018 the review panel delivered its review to the responsible Minister and that review was tabled in the federal Parliament in August [...]

2020-03-16T09:34:51+10:00March 16th, 2020|
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