Employment Law: What you may have missed and what’s on the horizon

We were delighted to partner with Lander & Rogers at our most recent Ask The Expert lunch event, where Aaron Goonrey (one of the Partners in their Workplace Relations Team) shared some excellent insights into the Employment Law landscape today.

Aaron talked us through the past year’s legal developments and what’s on the horizon for 2019, particularly focusing on the following key legal and regulatory developments in the area of workplace relations and safety:

  • The recent passing of the Modern Slavery legislation and what this new law means for Australian businesses. He explained that there are two different Acts for NSW and the Commonwealth, with different rules and thresholds for each. This may mean relevant business have to provide two reports about similar matters, particularly focussed on the business’s supply chain.
  • The key changes that we should be aware of since the Full Bench of Fair Work Commission decision to impose a time-restriction on termination payments. Organisations must now ensure that relevant award-covered employees who are terminated are paid within 7 calendar days of termination, including all outstanding entitlements.
  • Fair Work Act changes: namely around the new streamlined award review process, the technical changes regarding approval of enterprise agreements and what challenges employers face around flexibility requests for their workers.
  • The recent Full Court of the Federal Court decision in WorkPac Pty Ltd vs. Skene and practically what this means for employers who engage casual workers.

Aaron covered some serious and important legislative changes but did so in his usual charismatic and engaging style, ensuring our guests left feeling well informed.

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