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Workplace delegates’ rights and other employment changes from 1 July 2024

Under changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (which were part of the Closing Loopholes amendments) enterprise agreements voted on by employees on or after 1 July 2024 must include a term regarding...

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Closing Loopholes No 2 Bill – new laws regarding casuals, contractors and the right to disconnect

The second round of the Federal Government’s “Closing Loopholes” amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) were passed by Parliament on 12 February 2024 and received Royal Assent on 26...

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Closing Loopholes Bill: partitioned and passed

Following a deal with crossbench Senators Jacqui Lambie and David Pocock, the Senate split the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes) Bill 2023 (Bill). As a consequence, the first...

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Getting ready for the new positive duty on employers to eliminate sexual harassment

In the lead up to 12 December 2023, employers should ensure they have robust systems in place to comply with their new positive duty obligations.

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Untangling the Closing Loopholes Bill

This week, the Federal Government introduced the long awaited Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes) Bill 2023 (Bill).

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Getting ready for the Secure Jobs, Better Pay Changes

The Government is moving quickly on its workplace and diversity reform agenda by introducing the Secure Jobs, Better Pay Bill 2022 (the Bill). The Bill, which significantly amends the Fair Work Act...

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Getting ready for 1 July - What employers need to know

As we approach 1 July, it is important to assess changes in the employment landscape for the next financial year.

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Labor Government’s Workplace Relations and Diversity Agenda: What business needs to know

With the Australian Labor Party forming a majority government, it’s important for business to reflect on the ALP election commitments regarding diversity and workplace relations reform and consider...

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Federal Election 2022 – Workplace Relations Reform Agendas of Coalition and ALP

With the 2022 federal election this week, we summarise key workplace relations policies put forward by the major parties and implications for employers. The Liberal-National Coalition (Coalition)...

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Contractors and labour-hire – High Court reinforces importance of written contract, with some twists

The High Court has reinforced the primacy of written agreements in its important and long awaited judgments (delivered on 9 February 2022) in Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy...

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COVID Vaccination Mandates: Consultation is key in BHP Case

On 3 December 2021, the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission handed down its long-awaited decision about whether BHP’s Site Access Requirement, as implemented by a member of the BHP Group, Mt...

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Rossato a casual employee - an end to the casual classification circus?

The High Court has today handed down its landmark decision in WorkPac Pty Ltd v. Rossato & Ors, and overturned the Full Federal Court decision of May 2021 by finding that Mr Rossato was a casual...

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Mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations in the workplace

The Delta strain significantly increases the risk to the community and to workers. This is especially the case in sectors like health care and aged care, but is also becoming increasingly relevant...

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COVID-19 mandatory vaccinations in clinical and healthcare settings

Medical experts consider that the Delta strain is up to 40% more contagious than the previous strain of COVID-19, which significantly elevates the amount of risk to workers in sectors like health...

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Major changes to IR laws – what you need to know

On 9 December 2020, the Attorney General tabled a new bill (the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia's Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020) which proposes significant changes to the Fair...

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Common sense prevails for personal leave: High Court decision in Mondelez

The High Court of Australia handed down its much awaited decision about personal leave entitlements in Mondelez Australia Pty Ltd v AMWU & Ors and Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations v AMWU ...

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Returning to work under COVIDSafe workplace plans and other recent trends

Last week the Australian Government announced a three step framework for a COVIDSafe Australia.

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Are fingerprints employee records? Biometric data in the workplace

In an age driven by technology, employers are increasingly using biometric technologies, such as fingerprint scanning and facial recognition, as a way to deal with employee identification...

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Navigating changes to the employment landscape in FY20

As we approach 1 July, it is important to assess changes in the employment landscape for the next financial year.

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The Whistle has finally blown – New whistleblower regime commences

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Redundancy pay exception – ordinary and customary turnover of labour

Employers engaged in contracting sectors – such as providing outsourced services to third parties under contracts for specified periods (e.g. catering, cleaning or maintenance contracts) – cannot...

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Class actions in Australia’s employment law landscape: 2019 and beyond

Class actions are set to become a prominent feature of the Australian employment law landscape.

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Casual employees: not so casual when it comes to annual leave

Employers can no longer assume that casual employees are not entitled to paid annual leave.

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Proposed amendments to whistleblower laws – what’s new?

The Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Bill 2017), which is currently before the Senate, consolidates the existing whistleblowers’ regime in the corporate and financial...

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Redundancy – NES relied on to interpret employment contracts

As highlighted by a recent Full Bench decision of the WA AIRC (Spotless Group v Dennis Buckle [2017] WAIRC 00024), tribunals are prepared to refer to the National Employment Standards to resolve...

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