A human resources magazine, Human Resources Director (HRD), recently released an article on the most effective COVID-19 communications, reporting that interactive messages via messaging apps such as Slack, Teams or WhatsApp have a 72 – 88% effective response rate over e-mails. It was found that e-mails have only a 15% open rate and less than 2% response rate.
On Monday 13 April, the Queensland Government announced that students will operate under a home-based learning model for at least the first five weeks of Term 2, up until Friday 22 May. A further decision will be made regarding the second half of Term 2 by mid-May.
During this period, ALL students except for vulnerable students and children of essential workers are to be supervised at home.
With School holidays already upon us in some States and Territories, we're considering the options for parents with children at home that may be impacted by the effects of COVID-19.
Employees have access to various leave entitlements and all permanent employees do have access to paid personal/carer’s leave when caring for a family member or member of their household when they require care or support because of a personal illness or unexpected emergency.
The Full Federal Court of Australia handed down a decision on 21 August 2019 that dealt with the accumulation of Personal/Carer’s leave (also known as Sick Leave). Full-time and part-time employees are now eligible for 10 working days of paid Personal/Carer’s leave for each year of service. This means that the annual amount of Personal/Carer’s leave received by part-time employees is no longer pro-rated based on ordinary hours worked.