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The Fair Work Act is now in effect

The bulk of the Rudd Government’s new industrial relations system comes into force on July 1, 2009, with the rest to take effect on January 1, 2010.

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Fair Work Act commences 1 July

The federal government’s Fair Work Act commenced as planned on 1 July after the Fair Work (Transitional and Consequential Amendments) Act 2009 (TPCA Act)  and the Fair Work (State Referral and Consequential and Other Amendments) Act  2009 received assent on 25 June.

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Preparing for the Fair Work Act*

On 20 March 2009, the Rudd Government finally secured parliamentary support for its Fair Work Bill, though only after last-minute negotiations broke a deadlock with the Senate over how to define a ’small business’ for unfair dismissal purposes. More than 200 amendments were made to the original Bill, most proposed by the government itself following consultation with stakeholders.

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*Originally published in the Piper Alderman publication Employment Matters, March 2009

Introduction to the Fair Work Bill

On the 25 November 2008, the Federal Government introduced the Fair Work Bill 2008 (the Bill). The 613 page tome heralds a substantial working of the Workplace Relations Act 1996. The proposed changes in the Bill affect the collective bargaining between employers and employers. It also expands unions’ rights in workplace and particularly their access to the workplace.

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