Jurisdiction: Australia

Australia: New enterprise, existing employees: the High Court says Yes

The High Court has confirmed that an enterprise agreement for a new enterprise can be made with existing employees who have agreed to work, but are not at that time actually working, as employees in the new enterprise. The High … Continue reading

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Australia: Employers get the good oil on strikes and coercion

In Esso Australia Pty Ltd v The Australian Workers Unions [2017] HCA 54, the High Court of Australia held that: Where a person contravenes an order in relation to an enterprise agreement or matter arising from bargaining, that person remains … Continue reading

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Australia: Safety due diligence: one size cannot fit all

With a heightened awareness of officers’ WHS due diligence obligations, there is a risk the lines between governance at the board level and management at the executive level are blurred – which is potentially bad for safety. Steve Bell and … Continue reading

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Australia: South Australia Labour Hire Licensing Bill Passes

The Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017 (SA) (the SA Bill) was passed on 29 November 2017 by the Legislative Council of the South Australian Parliament and the licensing scheme is set to commence on 1 March 2018. Labour hire service … Continue reading

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APAC: Workplace Harassment

The daily allegations of harassment in the press and social media campaigns highlighting the prevalence of harassment around the world should prompt business leaders and HR teams to ensure that they understand their obligations and review whether their internal processes … Continue reading

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Australia: Uncertain times – Labour hire licensing in Queensland

The Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017 (Qld) (Act), which was passed on 7 September 2017, has been proclaimed to commence on 16 April 2018. This means labour hire providers as defined by the Act will have 60 days from that … Continue reading

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Australia: Safety Snapshot – October 2017

For recent developments and trends in safety, click here and see our latest quarterly Safety Snapshot.

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Australia: Whistleblower protection laws – proposed amendments to the Corporations Act

The Government has released draft legislation significantly amending whistleblower laws: Treasury Laws Amendment (Whistleblowers) Bill 2017 (the Bill). Through a series of interlocking amendments to various Acts, the Bill seeks to consolidate whistleblower protections in the corporate, financial and credit … Continue reading

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Australia: Latest data on enterprise bargaining wages trends – June 2017 Quarter

The ‘Trends in Federal Enterprise Bargaining’ report for April-June 2017 was released by the Department of Employment on Friday. This data is a valuable tool for benchmarking during any enterprise agreement negotiations you have coming up.

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Australia: Casting a Wide Net – Proposed Labour Hire Licensing Scheme in Queensland

The Queensland Parliament is currently considering significant changes to the labour hire industry by way of the Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017 (Qld) (Bill). The Bill was introduced and read for the first time on 25 May 2017 and was … Continue reading

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Filed under Employment status (including agency workers, casual workers, use of contractors and 'dispatch' arrangements), Jurisdiction: Australia