Industrial Legislation in 2008
Carolyn E. Sutherland
Monash University - Department of Business Law & Taxation
June 1, 2008
Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 51, No. 3, pp. 297- 311, 2008
In March 2008, the Rudd Government started to dismantle Work Choices. The Workplace Relations Amendment (Transition to Forward with Fairness) Act 2008 (Cth) reintroduced agreement-making safeguards, and removed the option of making Australian Workplace Agreements. The legislation also provided the legal framework for the creation of 'modern awards', paving the way for the more far-reaching reforms that are outlined in the Fair Work Bill 2008 (Cth). The first section of the article examines these transitional measures. The second section briefly considers the key features of the Fair Work Bill, concluding that its content and relative simplicity are broadly consistent with the promises made by the Government in its pre-election Forward with Fairness policy. Finally, the article highlights some of the legislative developments at the State level in 2008.
Keywords: Employment Protection, Fair Work Bill, Industrial Laws, Work Choices, Workplace Relations
JEL Classification: J50, K31Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: May 25, 2011
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