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The Federal Government has released a 14-page 'COVIDSafe plan' for employers, to support its strategy for returning to business as usual by July. And McCabe Curwood special counsel Erin Kidd says where employees are required to be present at work to carry out their roles, employers will need to consider the circumstances of any refusal.

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Some employers have rushed to adjust performance targets and KPIs in response to COVID-19, but there is a better approach, says Gartner director Arj Bagga. He also outlines three specific strategies organisations can implement to bolster the utility of performance management.

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While some leaders are still responding to COVID-19 as a threat, others have one eye on the recovery, but a third group is "lifting up and looking out" to position for growth, says Nous Group director Christie Allison. She explains how leaders can shift out of the "bunker mentality".

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With the Federal Government urging a return to business as usual by July, employers have to consider some important questions about how they'll approach the transition, says Ashurst partner Julia Sutherland. She discusses key HR considerations prior to returning to workplaces, and provides tips for a safe return.

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The Fair Work Commission has ruled it does have jurisdiction to deal with JobKeeper underpayment disputes, in rejecting an attempt by Qantas to throw out an employee's claim. Meanwhile the Fair Work Commission is reporting an influx of stand-down disputes along with a spike in unfair dismissal claims.

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Payment tech company Bpay Group has started to ramp up its learning and development as part of its plan for returning employees to the workplace. The organisation is also surveying employees about their preferences and any concerns for when the return begins, says GM of people and culture Lucy Lithgow.