Australia: Federal Court finds new whistleblower protections will not apply to detrimental conduct occurring before the commencement date of 1 July 2019

On 1 July 2019, the amended form of Part 9.4AAA of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (Corporations Act), which sought to provide whistleblowers with greater protection than its predecessor, came into force. These amendments also repealed the specific whistleblowing protections in the Banking Act 1959 (Cth), Insurance Act 1973 (Cth), Life Insurance Act 1995 (Cth) … Read more

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: Did Parliament lose “site” of its purpose? Construction Industry Portable Long Service Leave Scheme applied to work on established operational sites

Programmed Industrial Maintenance Pty Ltd v The Construction Industry Long Service Leave Payments Board [2020] WAIRC 00758 In a decision that will likely have wide-ranging implications across Western Australia resources sector, a Full Bench of the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC) has found that employees performing maintenance and repair work at operational resource facilities … Read more