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FAQs: Coronavirus and Employment Payments

16th July 2021

Can your employee take personal leave if they have been asked to quarantine and/or self-isolate?

Under the Fair Work Act 2009, an employee is only entitled to take paid personal leave (sick leave) if they are not fit for work because of a personal illness or injury, or... MORE

Victorian Premier announces snap five-day lockdown from midnight

15th July 2021

The inevitable has occurred!

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced a statewide lockdown will be reimposed from midnight tonight until midnight next Tuesday 20 July.

This action is taken in response to the positive cases revealed today from the two recent NSW sources – now 18 positive cases in total.

Restrictions are essentially the same ones... MORE

Face Masks Back on at Work

15th July 2021

It was reported yesterday that there were 7 new locally acquired positive cases in Victoria since the morning’s daily update.These cases stem from the NSW outbreak and the movements of the furniture removalists and a returning Victorian family.

South Australia has placed restrictions on visiting Victorians and Western Australia has been quick to require visiting Victorians to self... MORE

NSW Outbreak 'Embers' Hits Victoria

13th July 2021

“THE BEST WAY TO KEEP YOUR SITE OPEN IS TO KEEP THIS VIRUS OUT!”

(Peter Parkinson, Chair Building and Construction Industry COVID-19 Taskforce)

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NECA encourages Victorian residents to ensure they’re safe at home while keeping warm this winter

8th July 2021

This week, on Tuesday the 6/7, the National Electrical and Communications Association’s (NECA) Executive Director, Pawel Podolski, was interviewed by James Findlay on ABC Central Victoria breakfast radio.

The ABC radio interview was an opportunity to remind residents to be conscious about the electrical risks associated with heating the home, especially as the cold weather hits homes... MORE

Working Interstate Made Easy

5th July 2021

The Minister for Economic Development and Industrial Relations, Tim Pallas released a statement last week about launching the ‘Automatic mutual recognition of occupational registrations’ (AMR) scheme enabling workers move freely to plug skill gaps in infrastructure builds and critical essential services.

Whilst registered workers will no longer be required to apply for or pay for a new... MORE

Wage Theft Laws Now Apply in Victoria

5th July 2021

On 1 July 2021, the Wage Theft Act 2020 (Vic) came into effect. Under the legislation a new enforcement body, the Wage Inspectorate Victoria, will investigate allegations of wage theft and take enforcement action as appropriate, including large fines and imprisonment in extreme cases.

Offences Under the Wage Theft Act 2020

Three criminal... MORE

NEXTgen 2021-22 program now open.

25th June 2021

Applications to Standards Australia’s NEXTgen 2021-22 program are now open. Standards Australia’s NEXTgen Program selects emerging industry and technical experts and provides them with an exciting opportunity to become involved in the national and international standardisation processes supporting Australian industry and government.

 

The goal of the program is to support the... MORE

Annual Wage Review 2020-2021 Decision Announced

18th June 2021

On 16 June 2021, the Fair Work Commission announced the Annual Wage Review 2020-2021 Decision. The National Minimum Wage and Award rates will increase by 2.5%.

The Fair Work Commission still has to make Determinations on the application of the Decision to pay rates and allowances in each Award. NECA will publish the new pay rates for the Electrical, Electronic and Communications... MORE

Safe Work at Heights Must Start at the Top of the Control Hierarchy

18th June 2021

In the most recent reporting period from 2015 – 2019, Safe Work Australia states there’s been 122 workplace fatalities as a result of workers falling when working at heights, with most of these involving falls from roofs and ladders. (source: Safe Work Australia ... MORE

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