Australia’s workplace laws have been fundamentally rewritten after the Federal Government successfully passed a swathe of changes to the Fair Work Act over the past two years.   Amongst the latest changes to be passed by Parliament in February 2024, one provision has generated a lot of discussion – the right

Equal Opportuity Equal employment opportunity is in place to prevent and eliminate discrimination in the workplace. Discrimination is any practice that makes distinctions between individuals or groups of individuals on unlawful or prescribed grounds so as to treat some less favourably. It may result from a variety of unreasonable or

Ensuring work health and safety (WHS) in office environments is crucial to promote the well-being of employees. Under the Work Health and Safety Act (WA) 2020, Person Conducting Business Undertaking (PCBU) are obliged to provide a safe and healthy workplace. Offices have their own unique risks that are very often

Crossbench intervention has interfered with the Federal Government’s industrial relations bill, prompting a split in the legislation proposed by the Fair Work Amendment (Closing Loopholes) Bill 2023 (Closing Loopholes Bill). The Federal Government’s attempt to make a raft of major changes to industrial relations laws this year looks set to

Australian mining giant BHP Group Limited (BHP) sought special leave from the High Court of Australia (HCA) to overturn a recent Federal Court of Australia (FCAFC) decision. The decision BHP sought to overturn was made on 28 March 2023 in Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union v OS MCAP

The Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Secure Jobs, Better Pay) Act 2022 (Amendment Act) will enact a number of changes to Australia’s industrial relations laws. A number of these changes become active from 6 December 2023, which include: new limitations for fixed and maximum term contracts; and the automatic termination of

In September 2023, the Australian Government signalled its broad approval of the proposed reforms of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act). According to its report, the reforms are aimed at strengthening the protection of personal information and the control individuals have over their information. Stronger privacy protections would support

For real estate agents in Western Australia, ensuring work health and safety (WHS) is paramount to protect themselves, workers, clients, and colleagues. 1. Communication and Training Communication and training underpins the processes and systems that are applied in a workplace from a work health safety perspective establishing clear communication channels

In the dynamic landscape of real estate, it’s crucial for professionals to have a comprehensive understanding of various financial aspects that impact your business. One such aspect is payroll tax, an essential obligation for eligible businesses operating in Australia. In this article, we’ll delve into the intricacies of how payroll

Under new laws, employers have a duty to stop sex discrimination and harassment in their workplaces before it happens – and be monitored for compliance.  Matilda Stoneman, Associate, Workplace Relations at CCIWA’s employment law arm, Business Law WA explains further.  From 12 December 2023, the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)

In it’s Respect at Work Amendment Act, which came into effect in September 2021, the previous Coalition Government enacted recommendations by Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins in her Respect@Work report, that was released in March 2020. On 12 December 2022, the Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Respect at Work)

The third tranche of IR reforms, which have been put forward by the Fair Work Amendment (Closing Loopholes) Bill 2023 (the Bill) is now before Parliament. The Bill proposes significant changes that have the potential to have pervasive and unintended consequences, particularly with the increased power of the Fair Work