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Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017

On 1 March 2017 the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton, introduced the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017. The Bill responds to a number of Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) investigations and prosecutions for significant and systemic breaches of employee entitlements, many of which were in the franchise sector. The Bill has been referred to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 9 May 2017.  The Committee received 35 submissions. The Bill is supported by a number of significant stakeholders, such as the Business Council of Australia and the union movement. It is opposed by the Franchise Council o... Read more...

Fair Work Commission hands down landmark ruling on anti-bullying regime

Fair Work Commission hands down landmark ruling on anti-bullying regime On 6 March 2014, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) ruled that its jurisdiction to hear complaints from workers who allege they are victims of workplace bullying extends to complaints that relate to bullying that occurred prior to the anti-bullying regime coming into force.   Background As detailed in a previous flag post, the reforms related to bullying were introduced by the Fair Work Amendment Act 2013, which provided the FWC with jurisdiction to hear complaints from workers covered by the Fair Work Act 2009 (FWA) who allege they are victims of workplace bullying. On 9 January 2014, Ms Kathleen McInnes... Read more...

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