Australia: Talking Shop EP11 – Unpacking the Australian Closing Loopholes Bill: What this means for consumer sector employers

Natalie Gaspar joins Aoife Xuereb to discuss the Australian Federal Government’s proposed changes to employment and industrial relations, following the introduction of the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes Bill) 2023 (Cth). Natalie delves into how these reforms could impact employers in the consumer sector, including in relation to casual employment, fixed term contracts, wage theft compliance, gig-economy participants and … Read more

UK: recent tribunal cases highlight importance of neurodiversity awareness

Recent cases have highlighted the importance of HR teams and managers having a basic knowledge of the types of challenges neurodivergent individuals can face in dealing with common recruitment and workplace processes and practices, but not assuming that everyone with a given condition will have the same difficulties.  It will always be important to obtain … Read more

The Australian Government Tables Closing Loopholes Bill: What It Means For Your Business

On 4 September 2023, the Federal Government introduced the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes) Bill 2023 (Cth) (Bill) in the House of Representatives. This Bill is significant, running to 278 pages and covering 28 distinct parts. It proposes reforms that will have a substantial impact on employers, employees, principals, and contractors. In many respects, the Bill … Read more

Indonesia: New Guidelines on Sexual Violence in the Workplace

With increasing reports of sexual violence in Indonesia over the last three years, and the enactment of Law No. 12 of 2022 (the Sexual Violence Law), which created specific offences for sexual violence, Indonesia’s Ministry of Manpower saw the need to update their 2011 guidelines on sexual harassment in the workplace. The new guidelines were … Read more

Australia: Survey of state – WHS regulation and reform relating to psychosocial risks

This article was updated on 5 September 2023. The pressure to better regulate psychological health in the workplace has been ever increasing since the release of Marie Boland’s independent Review of the model Work Health and Safety laws (Boland Review) in 2018, followed by Kate Jenkin’s Respect@Work Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces and … Read more