Australia: Industrial Relations Reforms: The arrival of the Omnibus

Fair Work Act changes for the COVID recovery Following a gestation of seven months, the Workplace Relations Reform: Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020 has finally reached the Federal Parliament. In the cold light of day, and relative to the size and scope of the matters considered by the working … Read more

Australia: Industrial Relations Reforms: Can legislative reform resuscitate enterprise bargaining?

In our latest article in our Workplace change for the COVID recovery series, Natalie Gaspar, Partner from our Melbourne office; investigates the anticipated changes to Australia’s enterprise bargaining system. It is anticipated that the reform package will contain measures which seek to streamline the approval process by giving primacy to the bargained outcome. A welcome … Read more

Australia: Workplace change for the Covid recovery

We’re delighted to have launched our Workplace Change for the Covid Recovery – Australian Industrial Relations Reforms series. Look forward to twice weekly additions to this site focusing on the practical impacts for business in the face of the proposed reforms. This week, Anthony Wood and Shivchand Jhinku consider progress in relation to the process … Read more

Australia: BOOT-beware: Full Bench once again emphasises the complexity involved with BOOT assessments in considering approval of Swissport’s ‘loaded’ rates agreement

The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) recently revisited the principles for determining whether an enterprise agreement passes the ‘better off overall test’ (BOOT) in relation to an enterprise agreements with ‘loaded rates’. In doing so they further emphasised the complex nature of the enterprise bargaining provisions in the Fair Work Act 2009 … Read more

Australian Employment and Industrial Relations Podcast: EP2 – Podcast on our key employment and IR predictions for 2020

Our latest podcast focuses on the key issues we expect to see in employment and industrial relations as we look ahead to 2020. Melbourne Partners Anthony Wood and Natalie Gaspar share their trends and predictions covering areas such as underpayment compliance, the proposed changes to annualised salary provisions and key legislative changes. It’s essential listening … Read more