Workplace Review (WR)
People, practice, cases and trends in workplace relations
About the Journal
Workplace Review (ISSN: 1838-0999) provides IR and employment law practitioners with the practical insights they need in a readily accessible form. Importantly, it does so while engaging with that focus on people which is fundamental to this area of practice. It also contains coverage and analysis of the latest IR / employment news.
Under the experienced stewardship of General Editors Jeffrey Phillips SC and Neil Napper, Workplace Review engages your interest while providing busy practitioners with practical insights delivered in an easily digestible form.
Each issue of Workplace Review contains an interview with a leader in the IR/employment law space, including politicians, practitioners, advocates, judges and academics. Each interview includes an eye-catching pen and ink portrait by Simon Fieldhouse.
Concise articles draw out the tactical and strategic implications of legal and policy developments, sharing the benefits of expertise that go beyond mere description. Regular features include different perspectives on topical issues, in a viewpoint and counterpoint style, while the broad coverage of Workplace Review is enhanced by dedicated Work, Health & Safety, Discrimination, and Common Law & General Protections sections, overseen respectively by Michael Tooma, Elizabeth Raper and Dr Victoria Lambropoulos. The Editorial Board, constituted by State and Territory representatives, ensures it has national scope and relevance.
Online, Workplace Review features access to the growing backset from Volume 1, 2010, with links to judgments, legislation, and other online publications, while allowing for individual articles to be downloaded in PDF format or received via RSS feed.
Jeffrey Phillips SC, Barrister, Denman Chambers, Sydney
Neil Napper, Partner, Lander & Rogers
Common law and general protections – Dr Victoria Lambropoulos, Senior Lecturer, Deakin University
Discrimination – Elizabeth Raper, Barrister-at-law
Work health and safety – Michael Tooma, Partner, Clyde & Co
Australian Capital Territory – James Macken, Barrister, Henry Parkes Chambers
Northern Territory – Bruce Taylor, Barrister, Hunter Street Chambers, Newcastle
Queensland – Geraldine Dann, Barrister, Inns of Court
South Australia – Rick Manuel, Barrister
Victoria – Steven Moore QC, Barrister, Joan Rosanove Chambers
Western Australia – Duncan Fletcher, Partner, K&L Gates
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The Autumn 2017 issue of Workplace Review is an issue focusing on the past, present and future of the Australian union movement. There are multiple contributions from a spread of unions and, referencing the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) this year, an interview with the new ACTU Secretary, Sally McManus. This Part contains the following articles: “On the margins of Harvester: United Voice and the fight for secure work and shared prosperity in Australia” – Frances Flanagan; “Whither unionism?” – Keith Harvey; “CFMEU’s civilising role: ‘Some things are worth fighting for.'” – Rita Mallia; “Challenges facing Queensland unions: ‘Festering non-compliance and institutionalised wage theft.'” – Dr John Martin; “‘Solid jobs, reliable incomes, human values’: Unions NSW takes up the fight” – Mark Morey; “The relevance of unions in the new industrial order” – Haren Pararajasingham; “AEU Victorian Branch – Laptops Case 2015” – Meredith Peace; “Trade unions – a highly regulated and supervised future …” – Peter Punch; “The WWF and waterfront decasualisation” – Craig Ryan. Also featured is an interview with ACTU Secretary, Sally McManus, and the following section: Book Review; as well as Diary, and The Last Word.
The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (the Act) contains a wide range of protections for employees. These manifest through express provision, the stipulation of minimum standards (National Employment Standards), the delimiting of employers’ scope of action, or combinations of these. While the protections are apparent in the Act’s words, their individual effectiveness turns on how ...more
The Autumn 2017 issue of Workplace Review contains the following articles: “Investing in people” – Dr John Falzon; “Thinking outside the square: Long Service Leave today” – Ashleigh Mills (winner of the 2016 McCallum Medal Competition); “Complaints and inquiries: Pain in the neck or workplace right?” – Neil Napper and Luke Scandrett; “‘The King’s Shilling’: Military industrial relations in Australia” – Jeffrey Phillips SC; and “The insidious abuse of Section 389(1)(a)” – Bruce Taylor. Also featured is an interview with WR’s co-General Editor Jeffrey Phillips SC, and the following sections: Focus On: SA; Focus On: WA; Work Health and Safety; Book Review; as well as Diary, and The Last Word.
Contract employment practices and the operations of labour-hire companies have been in the news a lot lately. The last few months have seen the industrial dispute at the Carlton and United Breweries (CUB) plant in Melbourne in relation to an enterprise agreement introduced by the then new labour-hire contractor for maintenance workers at the plant. ...more
It was a very full house at the offices of Seyfarth Shaw in Sydney last Thursday evening for the presentation of the 2016 McCallum Medal, now in its 12th year. This prestigious annual public speaking competition, named in honour of eminent industrial relations lawyer and leading disability rights advocate, Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum AO, was ...more
The Spring 2016 issue of Workplace Review contains the following articles: “For whom the bell tolls? Employment law compliance – it’s not just the employer’s responsibility” – Neil Napper and Daniel Proietto; “Is there still an implied term of reasonable notice on termination?” – Shauna Roeger and Professor Andrew Stewart; and “Workplace Review’s year, in review” – Craig Ryan. Also featured is an interview with Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James, and the following sections: Focus On: ACT; Common Law and General Protections; Work Health and Safety; as well as Diary, and The Last Word.
Bullying, unfair dismissal, discrimination, health and safety, domestic violence – these issues, in their intersection with workplace relations/law, are some of the topics that entrants in the annual McCallum Medal public speaking competition may choose to present on this year. Named in honour of Professor Ron McCallum AO, former Dean of the Faculty of Law at ...more
While the Federal Government has been returned, uncertainty remains over whether it will get its Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) legislation through the new and untried Senate. Its failure to do so previously was a trigger for the election. The Government’s stated aim for restoring the ABCC includes combating unlawful and corrupt activity within ...more
This pre-election Winter issue of the Workplace Review (Volume 7 Part 2) covers the following content: “The CFMEU’s case against the ABCC” – Rita Mallia; “Interns or employees?” – Steven Moore QC; “The future of Australian industrial relations” – Neil Napper; “Green Acres (with apologies to Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor) – domestic service regulation in Australia” – Jeffrey Phillips SC; “What is the future of employee representation?” – Marea Wilson; and “NSW Police Force – Workforce Improvement Program” – Assistant Commissioner Carlene York APM and Kristie Out; as well as the following sections: Focus on South Australia: “Workplace relations developments” – Rick Manuel; Focus on Western Australia: “Employees pick up the bar tab for that final stint of rest and recreation” – Duncan Fletcher and James Parkinson; Interview: “‘A full and happy life’: Brendan O’Connor’s goal for Australia’s workers” – by Craig Ryan; and “Commissioner Roberts retires” – Jeffrey Phillips SC; Work Health and Safety: “It’s not me, it’s you … and other myths about labour hire legal liability in health and safety” – Elana O’Reilly; The Last Word; and Diary.
Brendan O’Connor may yet be the new Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations should Labor end up forming government once the final outcome of the Federal election is decided. In a frank and revealing interview in the latest edition of Workplace Review (Winter 2016, Vol 7 No 2), he provides an insight into the personal influences ...more