Australia: Fair Work Amendment Act 2015 – Summary of Changes

The Fair Work Amendment Act 2015 (Cth) (FW Amendment Act) came into force on 27 November 2015 and amends the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act). This article summarises the key changes to the FW Act made by the FW Amendment Act and considers further reform that may be proposed by the Federal Government. Read more

Australia: ‘Repair, not replacement’ – Productivity Commission releases draft report on workplace relations framework

The Productivity Commission has released its draft report on the workplace relations framework, as part of its inquiry into the current performance of Australia’s system and scope for improvement. This article provides a high-level overview of the key proposed changes. In brief On 4 August 2015, the Productivity Commission released a draft report in relation … Read more

UK: Trade unions – draft bill and consultations

The Trade Union Bill announced in the Queen’s Speech has now been published, revealing further details of the government’s proposals. In addition to the trailed requirements for a 50% turnout for industrial action and, in certain key public services, for 40% of eligible voters to vote in favour, the Bill confirms that: Read more

Australia: Important releases by the Federal Government into the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption and the Productivity Commission Review of the Federal Workplace Relations Framework

Two important announcements were made by the Federal Government on 19 December 2014: Firstly, two volumes of the interim report of Honourable John Dyson Heydon AC QC in relation to the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption were released. A third volume of the interim report that deals with threats to witnesses has … Read more

Singapore: Amendments to the Industrial Relations Act

The Industrial Relations (Amendment) Bill (‘IRAB’), which seeks to amend the Industrial Relations Act (‘IRA’), was introduced to Parliament on 3 November 2014. The amendments are due to come into force on 1 April 2015 and are designed to respond to the changing demographic of the Singapore workforce, which includes greater numbers of professionals, managers … Read more