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The Fair Work Commission’s response to COVID-19


The FWC has been quick to act in allowing mutually agreed application by Unions/Employers to provide unprecedented flexibility in with the modern award system.

On 9 April 2020, a six-member Full Bench of the FWC issued a comprehensive Statement outlining proactive steps after following both expert health and economic advice, and set out areas that the FWC will take extraordinary steps to assist employers and employees, including:

  • The varying of modern awards.
  • Unpaid pandemic leave.
  • Annual leave at half-pay.

I predict that this Statement will be on the curriculum of future students of employment law.