Will the jobs ever come back?

It is a worldwide health crisis and a once in a hundred years event. None of us alive have ever seen this or indeed anything remotely like it. War? Some of us have seen it. Financial Meltdown? Some of us have seen it. Coronavirus? None of us have seen it, nor (hopefully) will we again. So what does it all…

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What the hell can we do about the Coronavirus?

I thought I’d better put out a blog on the difficult topic of the Coronavirus given the amount of public panic and the impact this panic will have on Australian workplaces. Let’s get one thing straight: employers do have a responsibility to make their workplaces healthy and safe. That doesn’t mean that employers have to become overnight medical experts but…

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Superannuation: are its days numbered?

Back in 1991, the notion of compulsory, employer-funded superannuation came as a shock to many. Now we are in 2020, and for a lot of people it’s still a shock. What shocks me is how many politicians and journalists seem to be unaware of the fact that superannuation is very largely funded by employers. Regular clients of Workplace Advisory Group…

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The Super Unions are coming!

One of the criticisms levelled at the former Workplace Relations Minister Craig Laundy (who has now left politics) is that he did not do enough to prevent the merger of the CFMEU and the MUA (now known as the CFMMEU). This was a bit tough on Craig because the law did not permit any real grounds to stop the merger…

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The Federal Government starts making noises about IR reform

The Morrison Government has started making some noises about what it intends to do in reforming the laws around industrial relations. Those noises are made with considerable political caution. So far it’s all been about industry/employer groups being the engine room for suggestions of change. The political advantage in getting industry to suggest change rather than the government is that…

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Independent Contractors Might Be A Threatened Species

And you thought it was just an Australian issue. Wrong! The Supreme Court of California (yes, you read correctly, California) handed down a decision at the end of 2018 in a case involving the trucking firm Dynamex Operations West. Dynamex was using a business model that is popular in Australia where its drivers supplied their own vehicles (and fuelled and…

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Is the Fair Work Commission about to get a power boost?

Next month it will be thirteen years since the Howard Government introduced WorkChoices. It was then the most radical change in employment laws in Australia for close on a century. It amounted to a full throttle deregulation of the labour market. The union movement hated it and ultimately WorkChoices played a major role in the defeat of the Howard Government…

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