Coronavirus: How Do We Manage When Australia Shuts Down?


We’re in unprecedented times.

Property giant Mirvac, this week, joined the growing list of major companies telling staff to work from home in a bid to curb the infectious spread of the Coronavirus.

And in the past few weeks, we have watched the impact of COVID-19 rapidly escalate, as governments around the world introduce a series of measures to slow its spread.

Tuesday saw the United States “go big” as it proposed a $1 trillion stimulus package to soften the economic hit the nation is facing.

While closer to home, a national cabinet of state and federal leaders agreed on Tuesday night to an “indefinite ban on indoor groups of 100 people or more” and a global do-not-travel order amid the pandemic.

The Australian dollar fell to 59.6 US cents in overnight trading on Wednesday, reaching a new 17-year low.

So where do we go from here?

The COVID-19 situation is evolving daily.

And as its impact escalates on our shores, the prospect of a total shutdown seems imminent, with the situation for both employees and employers now in uncharted territory.

Brisbane CBD law firm HopgoodGanim Lawyers was forced to shut its doors, with all staff working from home following a virus scare.

Successfully managing the firm’s remote working conditions, HopgoodGanim Lawyers partner Andrew Tobin understands the legal obligations, and how to manage employees working remotely during the ever-changing COVID-19 health crisis.

Managing teams during the shutdown

Through an interactive webinar Tobin will provide a practical overview of the rights and obligations of both employers and employees in the event of a total shutdown scenario.

And how, as teams, we can navigate through this crisis.

It’s an opportunity to bring questions and problem solve the unprecedented climate we find ourselves in.

The open discussion will also explore real-life examples and benchmarks, suggested company procedures, privacy considerations, employee entitlements and economic considerations, reactive and proactive measures.

The webinar will take place on Friday 20 March and will conclude with an interactive Q&A where viewers will be invited to submit questions.


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