The national employment standards will take effect from 1 January 2010 and will operate as minimum standards of employment for all national system employees, including those on pre-reform certified agreements, WorkChoices AWAs and collective agreements entered into prior to the Fair Work Act commencing operation.
The new unfair dismissal laws took effect from 1 July 2009. They have reinstated a legal remedy for a substantial portion of the workforce who had been unable to access unfair dismissal applications from 27 March 2006.
A paid parental leave scheme will commence from 1 January 2011. This scheme will provide paid parental leave benefits to most Australian employees. Find out what benefits this has for employers and employees.
Now more than ever, employees are posting private thoughts and personal information about themselves and their employers on websites such as Myspace, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. At this stage, Courts and the AIRC have not dealt with these issues, however recent examples in the media has highlighted what is a growing issue for employers.