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Changes to family and domestic violence leave in Australia

From today, Australian permanent and casual employees working for non-small business employers can access 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave (FDV Leave) every 12 months to deal with the impacts of family and domestic violence. This new entitlement replaces the previous National Employment Standards entitlement to 5 days of unpaid FDV Leave. Employees … Continue reading

Changes to the Fair Work Act – a closer look

Terminating enterprise agreements past their nominal expiry The Fair Work Legislation (Secure Jobs, Better Pay) Act 2022 (Secure Jobs Act) received Royal Assent on 6 December 2022, significantly amending the Fair Work Act 2009 (FW Act). Our article summarising the changes can be accessed here. This update is the first in a series of updates taking … Continue reading

Proposed amendments to Commonwealth WHS Act

The author acknowledges the contribution of Artemis Sfendourakis to this article. On 1 December 2022, the Work Health and Safety Amendment Bill 2022 (Amendment Bill) was introduced by the Federal government to amend the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Cth) (Cth WHS Act). The Amendment Bill seeks to implement some of the recommendations made … Continue reading

Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Secure Jobs, Better Pay) Bill 2022 becomes law

This article was co-authored with Jessica Kamleh. The Federal Government’s highly anticipated Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Secure Jobs, Better Pay) Bill 2022 (Bill) passed Parliament on 2 December 2022. A snapshot of the key changes are set out below. We have highlighted in grey the amendments to the Bill which have been negotiated between the Government and … Continue reading

New WHS legal duties to manage psychosocial hazards in the workplace

Legal obligations requiring persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) to manage psychosocial hazards in accordance with work health and safety (WHS) laws are continuing to come into effect across the country. Psychosocial hazards are hazards that may cause psychological and/or physical harm arising from, or in relation to, the design or management of work, … Continue reading

Implementing the Respect@Work report recommendations

This article is co-authored by Jessica Kamleh and Artemis Sfendourakis Embarking on fulfilment of its election promise to implement all 55 recommendations made by Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins in the Respect@Work report (Report), the Federal Labor government introduced the Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Respect at Work) Bill 2022 (Respect@Work Bill) on 27 … Continue reading

We explore the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Secure Jobs, Better Pay) Bill 2022

This article was co-authored with Jessica Kamleh, Sarah Katz, and Lachlan Crosbie. The highly anticipated Federal Government’s Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Secure Jobs, Better Pay) Bill 2022 (Bill) has been introduced to Parliament.  This Bill proposes ambitious changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) and mirrors many of the proposals which emerged … Continue reading

Singapore Employment Law Update – September 2022

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has recently announced several enhancements to the work pass regime to strengthen Singapore’s position as a global hub for talent. These changes come at a time when many countries are emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, and seek to ensure that Singapore businesses will be able to respond swiftly to their … Continue reading

Global Employment Law – Work from Anywhere: Leadership Challenges – Transforming Workplace -#17

This is the 17th paper in our Transforming Workplace series. In our earlier article, we explored why employees’ expectations of their leaders have changed and why organisations need to upgrade leaders’ skills and behaviours.   In this paper we now examine ow organisations can upskill their leaders to meet the specific leadership challenges arising from ‘work … Continue reading

Proposed Victorian Psychological Health Regulations: The submissions

In our last blog post on Victoria’s proposed Occupational Health and Safety Amendment (Psychological Health) Regulations (Proposed Regulations) we set out the proposed changes and our recommendations for employers to address the anticipated obligations under the Proposed Regulations. The feedback period in relation to the Proposed Regulations has now closed and 79 submissions were received … Continue reading

Global Employment Law – Work from Anywhere: The end of the office? – Transforming Workplace – #16

This is the 16th paper in our Transforming Workplace series. In our previous paper, we discussed how to make ‘work from anywhere’ work better.  In this paper we now examine whether the day of the office, as we know it, has ended Work from Anywhere:  The end of the office? – Transforming Workplace – #16 This … Continue reading

Global Employment Law- Work From Anywhere: Make it work better – Transforming Workplace -#15

This is the 15th paper in our Transforming Workplace series. In this paper we examine how ‘work from anywhere’ can be made to work better. Work From Anywhere: Make it work better -Transforming Workplace – #15 This article is part of our Transforming Workplace series.  Other articles exploring the opportunities, challenges and risk of the transforming … Continue reading

Essential guidance for employers on COVID-19 measures at the workplace from 26 April 2022

As Singapore takes its next step towards living with COVID-19, the Ministry of Manpower (“MOM”), the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) and the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) (collectively, the “Tripartite Partners”) have issued a revised set of guidelines for employers on the COVID-19 measures to be implemented at the workplace applicable from 26 April … Continue reading

Global Employment Law – The Decline (and Fall?) of the Five-Day Workweek – Transforming Workplace -#14

In our previous article in the Transforming Workplace series we outlined the benefits of short-term “work from anywhere”.  In this article, we focus on the advantages of introducing flexible hours and days. The Decline (and Fall?) of the Five-Day Workweek   This article is part of our Transforming Workplace series.  Other articles exploring the opportunities, … Continue reading

Global Employment Law: Work From Anywhere: Short Term – Transforming Workplace -#13

In our previous articles in the Transforming Workplace series we examined the challenges of “work from anywhere”.  In this article, we consider the best options for introducing “work from anywhere” on a short-term basis in your organisation. Work from Anywhere: Short-Term This article is part of our Transforming Workplace series.  Other articles exploring the opportunities, … Continue reading

Global Employment Law: Work From Anywhere: Benefits & Challenges – Transforming Workplace -#12

In our previous article in the Transforming Workplace series we examined the hybrid model of work.  In this article we discuss the benefits and challenges of “work from anywhere”, including on a hybrid work mode. Work From Anywhere:  Benefits & Challenges This article is part of our Transforming Workplace series.  Other articles exploring the opportunities, … Continue reading

Global Employment Law: Work from anywhere: Hybrid model – Transforming Workplace -#11

Our previous articles in the Transforming Workplace series discussed some of the important issues relating to the worldwide trend of working from anywhere.   In this article we examine the hybrid workplace, where employees combine some level of “work from anywhere” with some time attending their worksite. Work from anywhere: Hybrid model This article is part … Continue reading

Global Employment Law: Work from anywhere: Does it suit everyone?- Transforming Workplace – #10

We considered the growth in the number of employees ‘working from anywhere’ in our previous articles in the Transforming Workplace series.  In this article we focus on suitability – does “work from anywhere” suit all jobs, all countries, and all employees? Work from anywhere:  Does it suit everyone? This article is part of our Transforming … Continue reading

Global Employment Law: Work from anywhere: Does location matter? – Transforming Workplace – #9

Our previous article in  our Transforming Workplace series noted that “work from home” becomes “work from anywhere” when employees home to a more remote location further away from their pre-pandemic worksite.  This article looks at some of the issues the change in location can have ifworkers “work from anywhere”. Work from anywhere:  Does location matter? … Continue reading

Global Employment Law : Work from home becomes work from anywhere – Transforming Workplace -#8

This article in our Transforming Workplace series is the first in a series examining employees “working from anywhere” – an important issue facing organisations worldwide. Work from home becomes work from anywhere This article is part of our Transforming Workplace series.  Other articles exploring the opportunities, challenges and risk of the transforming workplace can be … Continue reading

Global Employment Law: Leadership Reimagined -Transforming Workplace – #7

In the previous article in our series “Transforming Workplace”  we considered the challenges to the employer’s organisational culture that will result from changed employee expectations and from modernising your Employee Value Proposition.   In this article we look at how these enhancements to your organisational culture will challenge the capability and style of your leadership team. … Continue reading

Global Employment Law: How the Gig Economy is reshaping labour markets

On 24 March 2022, Maartje Govaert, Global Head of Employment and Labour, joined the panel for the JP Morgan virtual Global ESG Conference, discussing “How the Gig Economy is reshaping labour markets: Exploring ESG Risks and Opportunities”. Below is a summary of some of the points raised by Maartje in the discussion. What is the … Continue reading

Global Employment Law: Organisational Culture Reimagined – Transforming Workplace #6

In the series of Transforming Workplace articles we have explored some significant changes to the external and internal environments in which an organisation operates.  In this article we look at how modernising your Employee Value Proposition will present challenges to your organisational culture. Organisational Culture Reimagined  This article is part of our Transforming Workplace series.  … Continue reading
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