Jurisdiction: Australia

Australia: Latest data on enterprise bargaining wages trends – March 2017 quarter

The ‘Trends in Federal Enterprise Bargaining’ report for January-March 2017 was released by the Department of Employment yesterday. This data is a valuable tool for benchmarking during any enterprise agreement negotiations you have coming up. The latest report reveals that: Across … Continue reading

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Australia: Launching soon – Proposed labour hire licensing schemes around Australia

Following various parliamentary inquiries at the Federal and State level into labour hire practices, it looks as though state-based labour hire licensing schemes will very soon be a reality, with the South Australian Government recently joining Queensland1 by introducing proposed legislation for a … Continue reading

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Australia: New corrupting benefits legislation – what do employers need to know now?

Employers will have to adopt strict safeguards and auditing measures to ensure compliance with the new corrupting benefits legislation passed by both Houses of Parliament late last week. The Fair Work Amendment (Corrupting Benefits) Bill 2017 (Cth) – currently awaiting royal assent – enacts recommendations … Continue reading

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Australia: Casting a Wide Net – Proposed Labour Hire Licensing Scheme in Queensland

The Queensland Parliament is currently considering significant changes to the labour hire industry by way of the Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017 (Qld) (Bill). The Bill was introduced and read for the first time on 25 May 2017 and was … Continue reading

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Australia: A not so casual decision by the Fair Work Commission – Is your modern award on the list affected by the model casual conversion clause decision?

Overview As a result of a decision handed down by the Fair Work Commission (Commission) on 5 July 2017, a model casual conversion clause will be inserted into 85 modern awards. A summary of the 300+ page decision is available … Continue reading

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Australia: Romero v Farstad Shipping saga – A reminder to get your approach to company policies right

There has been further development in the Romero v Farstad Shipping saga, with the Full Federal Court this week dismissing each of Ms Romero’s appeal grounds in relation to damages.1 The Court’s decision should signal the end of a drawn-out dispute between … Continue reading

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Australia: Health and Safety Frequency – June 2017

Welcome to Health and Safety Frequency, where we touch on legal developments in Australian health and safety from the last three months and give you some more personal insights into what we and our clients are up to in the … Continue reading

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Australia: Banking and Finance Bargaining Update

Issue #1 2017 In this edition we will discuss the Senate Committee Inquiry into corporate avoidance of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), the progress of the Fair Work Amendment (Corrupting Benefits) Bill 2017 (Cth) as well as trends in … Continue reading

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Australia: ABCC v Powell – Right of entry and the OHS Act

In an important Full Court appeal decision, Bromberg J’s decision in Director of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate v Powell [2016] FCA 1287 was overturned in the Federal Court last week. In the first instance decision, Bromberg J found that … Continue reading

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Australia: Wage theft and non-compliance of the Superannuation Guarantee

The Senate Economics References Committee has released its report 'Superbad – Wage theft and non-compliance of the Superannuation Guarantee' following concerns raised by Industry Super Australia about considerable underpayment of mandated Superannuation Guarantee contributions.

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