Employment law is difficult to navigate at the simplest of times. However, amidst the COVID-19 crisis, many workplaces have felt the ground shifting under them. New and everchanging amendments to the Fair Work Act, changes to employee awards and agreements, and HR issues regarding leave, redundancy and onboarding have left employers struggling to navigate uncharted waters.
To add to this uncertainty, the imminent return to work poses a range of challenges for workplaces. Anticipating the WHS requirements of a ‘COVID safe workplace’ while managing separated workforces on-site and at home is going to be a huge challenge for employers. Overseeing a successful transition back into the office is integral to ensuring the success of any organisation, and employers need to be equipped with the knowledge and tools to ensure an effective return to work.
The 14th Annual Employment Law Forum will address the changing legal requirements of employers when managing their workforce throughout their return to offices. By preparing for major transitional periods, businesses can maintain organisational sustainability beyond the conclusion of the JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme and ongoing changes to the Fair Work Act, while satisfying WHS requirements and navigating redundancies.