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The 3 golden rules of remote working

- March 26, 2020 3 MIN READ

For those lucky enough or able to, many Australians are now working remotely to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. For some, this involves a shift in the way we work. Slack itself is functioning as a temporary all-remote company, with more than 2,000 people from 18 offices across 10 countries working from home due… Read more »

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Scott Morrison abandons 30-minute haircut rule – and hairdressers are even more outraged

- March 26, 2020 3 MIN READ

  The Australian government has scrapped a decision to limit hairdresser appointments to just 30 minutes, just 24 hours after the new rules were announced, despite the industry saying it would rather be shut down. On Tuesday night, the National Cabinet, made up of the Prime Minister and state and territory leaders announced the new… Read more »

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In NSW, you can now be fined $1000 for standing too close to someone

- March 25, 2020 2 MIN READ

  NSW residents will cop a $1,000 on-the-spot fines for failing to observe social distancing laws, and corporations, $5000, under new powers introduced by the state government. Police are urging people to dob in individuals or businesses breaking COVID-19-related directions to Crime Stoppers. The NSW Public Order and Riot Squad will be especially equipped with face… Read more »

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NO MORE HOUSE AUCTIONS: Australia’s shutdown continues as government adds new bans and limits on public gatherings

- March 25, 2020 6 MIN READ

NEW LAWS FROM MIDNIGHT, MARCH 25 BANNED International travel (except for essential workers) Real estate auctions, open houses, and other auctions Food courts in shopping centres, except for takeaways (shopping centres remain open) Wellness and yoga centres, barre and spin facilities Indoor and outdoor play centres, youth centres and swimming pools Social sporting activities Spas,… Read more »

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Coronavirus shutdowns: what are your employer obligations?

- March 24, 2020 2 MIN READ

The shutdowns of non-essential services across parts of Australia may trigger conditions in the Fair Work Act that will allow employers to stand staff down without pay, according to Employsure, Australia’s leading workplace relations company. According to Ed Mallett, managing director of leading employer advice service Employsure, in a Government imposed closure of a workplace,… Read more »

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Victorian schools close and police will enforce lockdowns as NSW Premier tells parents to keep their children at home

- March 23, 2020 4 MIN READ

Victorian schools will start holidays on Mar 24, until Apr 14 NSW is advising parents to keep children at home, but is keeping schools open for essential workers  Venues such as clubs, pubs, cinemas, gyms and places of worship will close from noon today Restaurants and cafes can serve takeaway only Western Australia, South Australia… Read more »

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Australian banks are giving small business an $8 billion, six-month reprieve on loan repayments

- March 20, 2020 2 MIN READ

Banks will offer small businesses a six-month deferral on their business loan repayments as part of the finance sectors response to Covid-19. Australian Banking Association CEO Anna Bligh said the move will “deliver up to $8 billion back into the pockets of small businesses” across more than $100 billion worth of business loans Bligh said all… Read more »

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FORTRESS AUSTRALIA: PM shuts the border to foreigners

- March 19, 2020 2 MIN READ

Australia has introduced tough new border controls in an effort to curb the transmission of COVID-19. All foreign nationals will be banned from entering the country from from 9pm (AEST) on Friday March 20. The ban applies to all non-citizens and non-residents. Australians returning from overseas – Qantas and Virgin Australia cease international flights at… Read more »