Mandatory Vaccination for Victorian Workplaces
Samuel Ellemor, Senior Associate in Employment Law provides an update on the Victorian Government's vaccine mandate and its impact on workplaces as at 15 November, 2021.
Samuel is a Commercial and Employment lawyer, and he assists individuals, businesses and not-for-profit organisations with business law issues, commercial transactions and employment matters.
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The Victorian Government’s road map to re-opening has made it clear that vaccine passports are an integral part of the Government’s plan to re-open the economy, thus raising many questions for small and medium businesses.
The law concerning casual employment in Australia has changed as a result of recent amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) by the Federal Parliament. These changes will affect all employers who employ casual employees, and will often require employers to take immediate action to ensure compliance with the updated legislation.
Back in April, during the initial COVID-19 crisis, the Federal Parliament and Fair Work Commission made a number of unprecedented, temporary changes to employment law, to help both employers and employees adjust to the new situation created by the pandemic. The most important of these changes was the introduction of the JobKeeper directions into the Fair Work Act, which enabled employers to adjust employees’ work hours, duties and work location, among other matters. An employer’s power to issue JobKeeper directions was scheduled to end on 27 September 2020, but the Parliament has passed new legislation extending the scheme until 28 March 2021 for eligible employers and employees. Importantly, some employers will still be able to issue JobKeeper directions even if they are no longer eligible for JobKeeper payments.