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20 November 2020

Award simplification – We’d like to do it, but we just can’t work out how

The Prime Minister in his address to the National Press Club on 26 May 2020 identified that the current industrial relations system was not ‘fit-for-purpose’. His solution was to get everyone ‘back in the room.’ By everyone, it turns out he meant the ‘IR Club’ – its back in business – employer...
20 November 2020

Approaching accreditation: Positioning for success

19 November 2020

Australian Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety Podcasts

Join our experts as they discuss and share their views on the latest developments we are seeing in the employment, industrial relations and workplace healthy and safety space covering areas such as underpayment compliance, annualised salary provisions, industrial manslaughter laws and what key...
19 November 2020

Update on Covid-19 Business Interruption Insurance: A Further Win for Australian Policyholders

Policyholders have won the first of a number of Australian test cases about insurance cover for Covid-19 related business interruption losses. In a 5-0 decision, the NSW Court of Appeal held that an exclusion in the infectious diseases extension for quarantinable diseases notified under the “...
19 November 2020

NSW 20/21 Budget: proposed changes to stamp duty

Important taxation changes have been announced in NSW, with the Treasurer, The Hon. Dominic Perrottet MP, outlining a proposal to transition from the up-front payment of stamp duty to an annual property tax.
18 November 2020

Can We Talk of an Arbitration Culture in Asia? - online conference

The Center on International Commercial Arbitration at the American University Washington College of Law invites you to this online conference, at which Arbitration practitioners will debate the culture of arbitration in Asia and the challenges that lie ahead in the region. 18th November 2020 9:00...
18 November 2020

Decommissioning obligations: the way forward

Podcast Herbert Smith Freehills Podcasts · Navigating the low oil price environment: EP7
18 November 2020

Australian Employment, Industrial Relations and Safety Webinars

In case you missed it, you can access our previous Employment & IR briefing and Safety Leadership Series webinars below. Join our expert briefings for the latest developments we are seeing in the employment, industrial relations and workplace healthy and safety space. In these short sessions,...
18 November 2020

UK Government announces plan for a Green Industrial Revolution

Today the Prime Minister Boris Johnson has set out the Government’s ten point plan for what it is calling the green industrial revolution. This is part of the blueprint for the UK to meet the legally-binding target to produce net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
17 November 2020

The post-Covid workplace: IR Reform

Announcements will shortly be made about changes to the Fair Work Act. They will have wide ranging impacts on all workplaces throughout Australia. In May 2020 the Prime Minister described the reforms as necessary to enable the Australian economy to rebuild from the Covid-19 recession. Shortly...
17 November 2020

Pressure Points: Timely amendments to UAE Bankruptcy Law introduced to cover emergency situations

On 24 October 2020, the UAE Cabinet announced its decision to amend Federal Law No. 9 of 2016 (the “Bankruptcy Law”) by adding certain provisions to allow for business continuity during emergency situations, including pandemics and natural disasters. This is a timely amendment to the Bankruptcy Law...
17 November 2020

Future Cities Series: The role of green taxes in fighting climate change

The reduction in consumption and depressed economies resulting from the pandemic will necessarily lead to reduced tax revenue this year and in subsequent years. Against this back-drop, how will governments balance a desire to pursue a green agenda with the need to address budget deficits and...
16 November 2020

Australia joins the world’s largest free-trade trade bloc

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership ( RCEP ) was signed on Sunday 15 November 2020 , after eight years of deliberations. The RCEP is considered by some accounts the world’s largest “free-trade” agreement, representing almost 30 per cent of global GDP and 30 per cent of the world's...
16 November 2020

World’s largest “free-trade” agreement signed

The world’s largest “free-trade” agreement, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) was signed on Sunday 15 November 2020, after eight years of deliberations, constituting a landmark statement in favour of free-trade and multilateralism by the new Indo-Pacific trading bloc and...
16 November 2020

Class actions reform in France: necessary, but debatable

A proposed law on a new set of rules for class actions in France was presented to the French National Assembly on 15 September 2020. In developing the proposal, Assembly representatives took the following clear failure as their starting point: only 21 class actions, including 14 consumer cases,...