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In a landscape of incredible transformation and amidst the most significant changes to the Fair Work Act since its establishment, with further developments on the horizon it is crucial for employers to navigate these changes effectively and stay ahead of the curve.

We are dedicated to empowering organisations with the knowledge necessary to proactively address the challenges and opportunities brought by these reforms in Australia.

Explore our thoughtfully selected resources to gain insights to assist navigation of this dynamic regulatory environment and provide a deeper understanding of their possible implications.  We are committed to keeping you informed with the latest knowledge and supporting your organisation's success in these transformative times.

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Australian industrial relations reform: Key takeaways for business from the Senate Inquiry into the Closing Loopholes No. 2 Bill

On 1 February 2023, the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee released its report in relation to the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes) Bill 2023.

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Australian Employees Given New Right to Disconnect

The Closing Loopholes Bill No. 2, which includes the new Greens-proposed laws giving employees a “right to disconnect”, passed parliament on 12 February 2024 and is currently awaiting royal assent. This new right will commence six months after royal assent. 

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Top 5 Australian employment, industrial relations and safety issues for 2024

Our experts were asked what they thought would be the key issues confronting our clients in 2024, we’ve ranked the top five of these based on our team’s combined expectations.

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Podcasts

 

Inside IR EP18: Secure Jobs, Better Pay IR reforms - What impact are they having on bargaining so far?

Recorded 19 February 2024

489 days since the passing of the Secure Jobs, Better Pay Act, this episode of Inside IR provides a timely update on how this legislation is impacting enterprise bargaining in Australia. Rohan Doyle is joined by Senior Associates Victoria Fijalski and Mathew Reiman to explore how key changes introduced by the Act are playing out in workplaces and the Fair Work Commission, including the intractable bargaining jurisdiction, the conciliation requirement prior to industrial action, the new multi-enterprise bargaining framework, and other bargaining process changes. Rohan, Victoria and Mathew conclude by examining data from before and after the Secure Jobs, Better Pay amendments to discern the impact of these changes on disputes and wage outcomes.

 

Inside IR EP17: ‘Closing Loopholes’ reform – passing of Bill #2

Recorded 19 February 2024

Our latest episode of Inside IR looks at the second tranche of ‘Closing Loopholes’ reforms, which passed both Houses in mid-February 2024 and included some surprise last-minute additions. Rohan Doyle is joined by HSF partners Anna Creegan and Shivchand Jhinku, who dissect some of the key elements of these important reforms, including the new definition of employment, changes to sham contracting prohibitions, new minimum conditions for non-employee road transport and digital labour platform workers, changes to casual employment, and the all-important new ‘right to disconnect’.

Inside IR: The Australian Industrial Relations Podcast

Inside IR is a podcast series that delves into the industrial relations landscape in Australia.


Videos

 

Safety Leadership Series 2024: Investigating and reflecting on incidents in a robust regulatory landscape

We discuss the trends in how organisations are responding to and reflecting on incidents and issues which give rise to legal, regulatory and reputational risk.

The Panel discuss the way in which organisations have adapted to the change in the regulatory, legal and risk landscape and how are organisations investigating, reflecting on and learning in the face of robust regulator and stakeholder interactions.

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Employment & IR Briefing Series: "Closing Loopholes" reforms, including the contentious right to disconnect amendments

In our first Employment & IR Briefing Series for 2024, the team discuss the second tranche of "Closing Loopholes" reforms, including the contentious right to disconnect amendments.

In this session, our expert panel dive into how the current Australian IR and workplace reforms are beginning to play out across the country – in particular regulated labour hire arrangement (same job same pay) orders, intractable bargaining, and engaging contingent workers and employees on fixed term contracts.

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Australian Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety Webinars

In these short sessions, our national team share their insights on what key legislative changes mean for employers.




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