On the back of the Fair Work Commission’s introduction of leave to deal with family and domestic violence into modern awards, the Federal Government has introduced new leave provisions into the National Employment Standards. This signals a conscious effort by the Federal Government to assist those experiencing violence at home.
Changes introduced by the Fair Work Amendment (Repeal of 4 Yearly Reviews and Other Measures) Act 2018
On 5 December 2018, Parliament passed the Fair Work Amendment (Repeal of 4 Yearly Reviews and Other Measures) Bill 2018. The newly passed Bill amends the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) by abolishing the 4 yearly reviews of modern awards, giving the FWC more discretion to overlook minor procedural non-compliance in the enterprise agreement-making process, and enabling the Parliament to establish a Commission to investigate and report on alleged misbehaviour or incapacity of a FWC member.
8 January is reported as “Divorce Day” with a spike in the number of people seeking assistance from lawyers and family support services following the holiday period and commencing divorce proceedings.
The market is booming for online booking service providers connecting hosts and travellers globally. The short-term rental accommodation industry’s growth has been exponential, both globally and nationally. In the last decade, major service provider Airbnb has advertised in excess of 3 million properties worldwide, which is more than the total number of hotel rooms offered globally by the Marriott and Hilton hotel chains combined. The short-term rental accommodation industry now accounts for a multi-billion dollar contribution to the Australian economy. States across Australia are progressively rolling our regulations of the new industry.