Article by: ACC Australia member, Lori Middlehurst, Sr Director, Global Employment Law (ANZ, ASEAN, Japan and India), Salesforce
“... of droughts and flooding rains…” Those words were used by Dorothea Mackellar over a 100 years ago to evoke a romantic notion of weather extremes. Certainly, with climate change, she would not be so wistful and the crisis that the recent flooding rains have caused requires us all to consider what we can do to help.
The Fair Work Ombudsman has posted the following information sheet on their website but it is important, especially for larger employers, to understand that these are the minimum requirements and they may have opportunities to provide other sorts of assistance as well. Here are a few examples of actions some employers have taken in other crises, both in Australia and overseas. You may want to discuss what is feasible for your company and implement those that may work for you (in no particular order):
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