Changes to the Fair Work Act

The Fair Work Ombudsman has provided further guidance on recent changes to the Fair Work Act. These include COVID-19 vaccinations in the workplace, changes to casual employment and changes to unpaid parental leave entitlements.
As the industry looks to employ again after the pandemic, employers will need to be especially aware about COVID-19 vaccinations and the workplace. In addition to providing guidance on the matter, the Ombudsman has also provided a list of common questions and answers that employers and employees have. To find out more and to read the guidance – click here.

On 26 March 2021, the Fair Work Act was amended to change some workplace rights and obligations for casual employees. For a detailed summary of what’s changed, see Changes to casual employment – industrial relations reforms.

From 27 November 2020, following changes to the Fair Work Act, employees can now access unpaid parental leave for a maximum of 12 months if they experience:

  • a stillbirth, or
  • the death of an infant during the first 24 months of life.

Read more about these new unpaid leave entitlements and changes to unpaid parental leave entitlements.

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