Industrial/workplace relations, collective bargaining, works councils

UK: Collective bargaining – no obligation on ‘de facto’ employer; risks of direct negotiation with employees

In Independent Workers Union of Great Britain v University of London the Central Arbitration Committee has decided that a union representing employees of an outsourcing company was not entitled to collectively bargain directly with the university to whom their services … Continue reading

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

The ‘Trends in Federal Enterprise Bargaining’ report for July-September 2017 was released by the Department of Employment on 10 January 2018. If you have enterprise agreement negotiations coming up in 2018, this data can be useful for benchmarking.

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Australia: Victoria – Labour Hire Licensing Scheme introduced

Following an inquiry into work arrangements in the labour hire industry, the Victorian Government has recently introduced the Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017 (Bill). The Bill establishes a licensing scheme for labour hire providers and creates civil and criminal offences … Continue reading

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Australia: Information about Top 10 Trends – 2017

To view our summary of this year’s Top 10 Trends in Employment and Industrial Relations, click here.

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Australia: New enterprise, existing employees: the High Court says Yes

The High Court has confirmed that an enterprise agreement for a new enterprise can be made with existing employees who have agreed to work, but are not at that time actually working, as employees in the new enterprise. The High … Continue reading

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Australia: Employers get the good oil on strikes and coercion

In Esso Australia Pty Ltd v The Australian Workers Unions [2017] HCA 54, the High Court of Australia held that: Where a person contravenes an order in relation to an enterprise agreement or matter arising from bargaining, that person remains … Continue reading

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Australia: South Australia Labour Hire Licensing Bill Passes

The Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017 (SA) (the SA Bill) was passed on 29 November 2017 by the Legislative Council of the South Australian Parliament and the licensing scheme is set to commence on 1 March 2018. Labour hire service … Continue reading

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Australia: Latest data on enterprise bargaining wages trends – June 2017 Quarter

The ‘Trends in Federal Enterprise Bargaining’ report for April-June 2017 was released by the Department of Employment on Friday. This data is a valuable tool for benchmarking during any enterprise agreement negotiations you have coming up.

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UK: Corporate governance – Government response to consultations on reform proposals

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published its response paper on UK corporate governance reform, following on from the green paper which it published in November 2016.

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France: The Loi Travail – Briefing 2

This briefing summarises the Macron reforms to consolidate works councils and other employee representative bodies, through the ordonnance on “the new organisation of social and economic dialogue and encouraging the exercise and importance of trade union responsibilities”.

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