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The new Fair Work Bill, which passed through Parliament on 20 March 2009 has re-written the rules on unfair dismissal. From 1 July 2009, the provision under WorkChoices which protected employers with 100 or less employees from unfair dismissal claims will no longer apply. That means that a much larger number of employees will be entitled to make unfair dismissal claims.
We are pleased to have assisted our client Kaspersky Lab with the negotiation of their sponsorship of the Melbourne Football Club. Our negotiating team was lead by Michael Carr, Partner and Darren Sommers, Special Counsel, both of our Corporate Advisory Team.
Recently the Family Law Act was amended so that people living in de facto relationships now have exactly the same property settlement and spousal maintenance entitlements as married couples. Heterosexual and same-sex de facto matters will be handled by the Family Court and Federal Magistrate’s Court.
After considerable debate, on Friday 20 March 2009 the Federal Government finally secured the passage of its Fair Work Bill through the Senate. This means that the majority of the Fair Work Bill will commence as scheduled from 1 July 2009.