Jurisdiction: Australia

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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Australia: Super changes for employers

On 14 September 2017, the Treasury Laws Amendment (Improving Accountability and Member Outcomes in Superannuation Measures No. 2) Bill 2017 (Cth) was introduced in the House of Representatives. The Bill contains two amendments which will significantly impact employers: amendments regarding … Continue reading

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Australia: Whistleblower protections – recommendations from Parliamentary Joint Committee

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services has proposed widespread reform to whistleblowing legislation in Australia. Together with Disputes, we have published an article on our website on the Committee’s recommendations, which signal the direction any law reform in this area may … Continue reading

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Australia: Vulnerable workers legislation has commenced

The Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Act 2017 received royal assent on 14 September 2017 and commenced the following day. From 15 September 2017, employers can face: a penalty of up $630,000 (or $126,000 for an individual) for a … Continue reading

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Australia: Launching soon – Proposed labour hire licensing schemes around Australia

Following various parliamentary inquiries at the Federal and State level into labour hire practices, it looks as though state-based labour hire licensing schemes will very soon be a reality, with the Queensland Government1 recently passing legislation for a state-based labour … Continue reading

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Australia: Queensland Labour Hire Licensing Bill passes

The Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017 was passed late on 7 September by the Queensland Parliament, with the legislation set to commence in the first half of 2018 (though a formal commencement date is yet to be proclaimed). A brief … Continue reading

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Australia: Government and activists increase focus on modern slavery risks

On 16 August 2017, the Australian Government announced a proposal to introduce a modern slavery reporting requirement applying to all large Australian businesses. The proposal, which enjoys broad support from a number of prominent Australian businesses, feeds into the growing … Continue reading

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Australia: ATO to ‘crack down’ on employers not paying the correct super

The Government has announced a further package of superannuation reforms to address concerns that employers may not be complying with their superannuation guarantee (SG) obligations. The proposed reforms: suggest that the ATO will be granted additional powers to ensure that … Continue reading

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Australia: Federal Court clarifies right of entry to hold discussions

The Federal Court has clarified that a right of entry to hold discussions with relevant employees under section 484 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) cannot be exercised before or after those employees’ scheduled working hours.1

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Asia: Post-employment covenants

Although often included in employment contracts, the enforceability of post-employment non-competition obligations can vary greatly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

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Filed under Jurisdiction: Asia, Jurisdiction: Australia, Protection of business interests (including restrictive covenants and confidential information), Termination of employment