unfair dismissal laws
The Small Business Fair Dismissal Code commenced operation on 1 July on the declaration of the Acting Minister for Employment and Workplace relations, Senator Mark Arbib. A small business employer may be found to have unfairly dismissed an employee unless the dismissal was consistent with the Code. The Code requires an employer to give an employee a reason why ...more
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. As yet, no Act copies of the amending legislation are available. In the meantime, practitioners ...more
The new Fair Work Act 2009 (FW Act) is now expected to take effect on 1 July 2009, replacing the Workplace Relations Act 1996 (WR Act). Before then, however, two further measures will need to be passed.
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 ...more
Fair Work Bill Introduced* On 25 November 2008 the federal government introduced its long awaited Fair Work Bill 2008 into Parliament. The Bill is the first of two measures that will complete the implementation of Labor’s ‘Forward with Fairness’ policies for workplace reform. There will be a further Bill early next year to deal with ...more
Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard has released further details of the legislation her government will be introducing to implement its “Forward with Fairness” policies for workplace reform. They are set out in a speech to the National Press Club, and in a series of ten factsheets that are available online at http://www.workplace.gov.au. While some of ...more