What the new Respect@Work legislation means for employers

On 25 November 2022, the Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Respect at Work) Act 2022 (Cth) (Act) was passed by Parliament. This article highlights the legislative changes that employers must closely examine, understand and implement in their workplaces. Positive duty to eliminate unlawful sexual discrimination The Act amends the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) (SD […]

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Amendments to the Fair Work Legislation – Secure Jobs, Better Pay

Introduction The Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Secure Jobs, Better Pay) Bill 2022 (Amending Act), passed by Parliament on 2 December 2022, is the first tranche of the Albanese Government’s industrial relations reform agenda and amends the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act). The Amending Act has not passed without controversy, with many critics of […]

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Post-employment restraints: a refresher

Post-employment restraints, also known as ‘restraints of trade’, refer to clauses contained within an employment agreement that seek to prevent former employees from engaging in a range of competitive activities after their employment ends. Restraints of trade can be contained in various types of agreements, including: employment agreements, business sale agreements and/or shareholder agreements. For […]

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Implementing domestic and family violence leave

The Domestic and Family Violence leave amendment to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FWA), passed on 27 October 2022, amends the National Employment Standards (NES) to introduce 10 days of paid leave for victims of domestic or family violence for employees each year (Leave).[1] The Leave will come into effect from 1 February 2023.[2] […]

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Dismissing a local government employee? Don’t breach section 283

Local governments may consider that they have a robust disciplinary process that delivers procedural fairness through show-cause processes and investigations. While such actions may be sufficient under other employment law frameworks, local governments have unique additional obligations under the Local Government Regulation 2012 (Qld) (Regulation) when determining if disciplinary action is reasonable under the Local […]

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COVID-19 | Changes to COVID-19 isolation rules – impacts for businesses

More than two years on from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, National Cabinet announced on 30 September 2022 an end to mandatory COVID-19 isolation commencing 14 October 2022. From this date, individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will no longer be required to isolate for any mandatory isolation period (which was reduced from seven […]

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New Respect@Work legislation introduced

On 27 September 2022, the Albanese Government introduced the Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Respect at Work) Bill 2022 (Cth) (the Bill) into Parliament. If passed, the Bill would implement further recommendations from Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins’ report, Respect@Work: National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces (Respect@Work Report) namely: making it unlawful […]

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Unions seeking to expand into the real estate industry

There has been a recent push in NSW by the United Services Union (USU) and the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA) to expand into the real estate industry – an industry that has traditionally seen low levels of union activities. Spokespersons from both unions have raised concerns about harassment and unsafe practices within […]

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The status of ‘gig economy’ workers: An update on the Deliveroo case and further changes on the horizon

In a major decision for the gig economy, the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission has quashed a decision that a Deliveroo delivery driver was an employee, finding that there was no employment relationship and therefore the driver was not a person protected from unfair dismissal (Deliveroo Australia Pty Ltd v Diego Franco [2022] […]

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Jobs and Skills Summit 2022 – What employers need to know

As promised in its election campaign, the Albanese Government held its Jobs and Skills Summit at Parliament House in Canberra on 1–2 September 2022. The aim of the Summit was to bring stakeholders together to work on challenges and opportunities facing the Australian labour market and economy. A set of outcomes have been announced following […]

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FMCG Express | September 2022 Edition

In the latest edition of FMCG Express, Partner Breanna Davies and the Gadens team bring you the latest developments in the consumer, retail and hospitality sectors in Australia. In this issue, our team delves into the issues surrounding positive obligations to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace; risks and solutions when dealing with commercial contracts […]

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Criminal charges for Victorian long service leave underpayments

This month, the Wage Inspectorate Victoria (WIV) has flexed its muscle by commencing criminal proceedings against subsidiaries of one of Australia’s largest financial institutions. This follows the successful investigation of Coles by the WIV in 2020, which revealed long service leave underpayments. In this article, we elaborate on these two actions. Background The main functions […]

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