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The Federal Government has released the Fair Work Amendment Bill 2013. The Bill considerably expands the entitlements of workers and unions, presents compliance difficulties for employers and does not provide a balanced approach for cooperative and productive workplace relations.
The Federal government has released the information which employers with more than 100 workers must report for the "gender equality indicators" introduced with the new gender equality legislation. This information is to be used by the Minister and the newly named Gender Equity Agency to set standards by 2014 which employers must meet.
To find out more about what this means for you, click here.
The Federal Government has released exposure draft legislation consolidating the five existing Commonwealth anti-discrimination acts into one piece of legislation. The proposed legislation, the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012 (‘the Bill’), is promoted by the Federal Government as providing consistent protections and compliance rules across the areas of sex, race, disability and age discrimination in the federal jurisdiction.
The Senate has passed the Government’s workplace gender equality legislation, the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Amendment Bill 2001 (Cth). The Bill establishes a new reporting framework for employers and changes the name of the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act 1999 (Cth) to the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012.
If you employ over 100 people you will be required to comply with new reporting obligations which will be will be phased in over the next two years:
Work Health and Safety legislation across the nation continues to present challenges for employers. Here is an update and reminder about important features of the legislation which need to be managed in your workplace.