This new edition explains the changes made by the Fair Work Amendment Act 2013, including the Fair Work Commission’s new power to deal with claims of workplace bullying. It details the Abbott Government’s reform agenda, covering important changes not just to the Fair Work Act, but to legislation on parental leave, superannuation, the recovery of employee entitlements, the building and construction industry, and registered organisations. It also highlights the potential for further changes from various inquiries that have been established, as well as the first four-yearly review of the modern award system.
The text has been updated to incorporate new case law since the last edition, including important decisions by the High Court on whether there is an implied duty of ‘mutual trust and confidence’ in the employment relationship, whether employers can dismiss employees for ‘offensive’ conduct during otherwise lawful union activities, and the scope of an employer’s obligation to withhold pay from striking workers. Reference is also made to some controversial changes to State laws, particularly on the powers of industrial tribunals to set wages and conditions for public sector workers, and on the control of disruptive pickets and workplace protests.
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Published two years after the last edition this text covers the legislative changes and common law developments since then, including the Fair Work Commission’s power to deal with claims of workplace bullying. Whilst the text focuses on the fundamental concepts and principles of employment law it does go beyond that to some extent, looking at the reform agenda of the Abbott Government on issues such as parental leave, superannuation and changes to the building and construction industry to name but a few. The book is not bulked out with long quotations from legislation or by the reproduction of extended passages from judgments for every principle covered. That is not to say the relevant authorities for each principle are not cited but rather that the author communicates the concept as opposed to leaving it to the reader to decipher it from the source material. A broad array of topics ranging from Awards through to Workplace Safety are covered in the book and increases its appeal. Whilst wide ranging the text is not all encompassing. However, that is not the purpose of the book and the trade-offs made in this volume are well balanced ensuring it remains reader friendly but still of sufficient breadth to be a good general guide. Any reader wanting to consider an issue further will benefit from the selected readings at the end of each chapter. The book is most likely to be of benefit to those who need to be familiar with employment law, such as small businesses or someone employed in human recourses. That said, practitioners who are not familiar with this body of law will find it useful as a preliminary reference. The only criticism, albeit somewhat pedantic, this reviewer would make is that only the case name and year are cited in the chapters with the full reference not even footnoted. The inability to tell immediately from what jurisdiction a decision stems, without having to refer back to the case list at the front of the text, does on occasion necessitate some pause when reading. - Brendan Jones, Ethos, Law Society of the ACT, December 2015
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 17th February 2015
Publisher: Federation Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.81
Edition Number: 5