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.

Right of Entry: where and when?

ELM TV EXCLUSIVE – A current challenge for many Australian employers is their lack of understanding on changes to Right of Entry in their workplace. Michelle Dawson of Madgwicks gives us a quick reminder of employer and union’s rights and obligations.

How are you dealing with issues around accessorial liability and chain of responsibility?

Minter Ellison’s Karl Blake further details issues around accessorial liability in this exclusive interview. He also highlights what he sees as key challenges for employers in 2017, including “continued focus on the responsibility of franchisors and others up the supply chain… the operation of the new Building Code… expect some changes to the making of enterprise agreements”.

What specific IR or employment law developments do employers need to be aware of?

In this extremely detailed and informative article Marie-Claire Foley of Ashurst specifies challenges with current EBAs, case examples where EBAs are in the spotlight and what she believes employers need to keep an eye on for 2017 in the IR space. “Employers need to be aware about what has changed, how those changes will affect their business, and what proposed changes are in the legislative pipeline.”