Industrial/workplace relations, collective bargaining, works councils

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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Asia: Mandatory Employment Policies

HR practitioners will be aware that work rules are mandatory in certain jurisdictions in Asia once an employer reaches a specified number of employees. However, an often-overlooked area is whether employers must or should establish other types of employment-related policies … Continue reading

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UK: Legislation – Employment law reform proposals during the Summer 2017 General Election

The main parties' manifestos for the general election all contained numerous proposed employment law reforms, the Conservatives promising "the greatest expansion in workers' rights by any Conservative government in history" while Labour included a 20 point "plan for security and equality … Continue reading

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Filed under Employment status (including agency workers, casual workers, use of contractors and 'dispatch' arrangements), Industrial/workplace relations, collective bargaining, works councils, Jurisdiction: UK, Termination of employment, Working hours (including holiday, sick leave, overtime, rest breaks), Workplace culture, diversity and discrimination (including bullying and harassment)

UK: Salary – Supreme Court rules on calculation of daily pay rate

Employers should set out in the employment contract how the daily rate of pay of an employee on an annual salary is to be calculated for various purposes, particularly if the employee does not have fixed regular hours and the … 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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Asia: The Role of Unions

Unions are becoming increasingly prevalent across Asia. Here we take a look at which aspects of the employment relationship unions may be involved in Singapore, Hong Kong, the People's Republic of China, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan.

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Australia: The new NERR – another bargaining stumbling block?

From 3 April 2017, there is a new look to the most controversial form in enterprise bargaining – the notice of employee representational rights (NERR). The NERR is the form an employer must use to notify employees, when enterprise bargaining … Continue reading

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Australia: Full Bench upholds termination of enterprise agreement decision

The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission's decision in CFMEU v AGL Loy Yang Pty Ltd t/a AGL Loy Yang [2017] FWCFB 1019 has preserved the decision of Deputy President Clancy to terminate AGL’s Loy Yang Power Enterprise Agreement 2012 (the … Continue reading

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UK: Legislative developments- Trade Union Act 2016

The majority of the Trade Union Act 2016 is to come into force on 1 March 2017, including the new ballot requirements, changes to the required notice for industrial action and expiry of the mandate for industrial action. Further details … Continue reading

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Australia: Wage trends in enterprise bargaining – latest data

The latest 'Trends in Federal Enterprise Bargaining' report for June-September 2016, released by the Department of Employment last week, includes some interesting data.  In particular, Table 7 shows the average annual percentage wage increase by industry for enterprise agreements approved … Continue reading

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