General HR & Legislation

Peter Dutton introduces Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017

The Federal government’s proposed amendment to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (Act) to address exploitation of workers will, if it becomes law, affect employers, related body corporates, franchisors and franchisees. The proposed changes include increasing pecuniary penalties tenfold for serious contraventions of the Act.

For casuals who become permanent, what status should their period of casual service be given?

Richard Ottley details the recent decision of AMWU v Donau Pty Ltd [2016] FWCFB 3075 where the majority of the Full Bench of the FWC determined that periods of “regular and systematic” employment as a casual before an employee becomes permanent are to be counted as periods of service for the purpose of calculating notice and redundancy pay.

Industrial relations legislation gets through: What does this mean?

“The two Bills that triggered the nation’s double dissolution election, namely, the Registered Organisations Bill 2014 and the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Bill 2013, have passed through Parliament,” writes the team at Cooper Grace Ward in this article.

Corporate man filing a form

What’s the FWC’s non-negotiable stance on compliance with the procedural requirements of enterprise bargaining?

Sandra Barry of Cooper Grace Ward writes how “the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FBFWC) has taken a non-negotiable stance on compliance with the procedural requirements of enterprise bargaining in the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FWA)”. Recent cases are cited to highlight the issue in this article.