FAIR WORK ACT: Where have all the loopholes gone?

Date: 1st May 2024
Time: 7:30am - 9:00am
Location: HLB Mann Judd Perth
RSVP Date: 24th April 2024
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This breakfast event provides an opportunity for employers operating in the Federal industrial relations system to catch up with the many recent amendments to the Fair Work Act and understand how they might affect your employment practices. Those changes include:

  • Provisions regulating casual employees
  • Reversing developments in defining independent contractors
  • Restricting the use of fixed term contracts
  • Introducing a right to ‘disconnect’
  • Permitting multi-enterprise agreements
  • Allowing independent contractors to challenge unfair contract terms
  • Regulating labour hire (same job, same pay), and
  • Making superannuation a NES entitlement.

These amendments have been introduced by the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Secure Jobs, Better Pay) Act 2022, the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes) Act 2023 and the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Closing Loopholes No 2) Act 2024. In addition, there are currently various Award reviews being undertaken by the Fair Work Commission that will add to the regulation on matters including working from home and the exercise of the right to disconnect.

Stephen Kemp, the Head of Employment Law at Bennett – Litigation and Commercial Law, will be joining us to highlight and explain the major developments in this area of law.

Who should attend?

This event is most suited for senior executives and those involved in recruitment at national system employers (companies, incorporated associations, trusts with a corporate trustee) that hire employees in their business. The presentation will not be of any practical interest to non-national system employers (sole traders, partnerships, trusts with individuals as trustee, Local Government, and unincorporated entities).

About Stephen Kemp, Head of Employment Law
Bennett – Litigation and Commercial Law

Stephen is a highly experienced employment and industrial relations lawyer who acts for employers and senior executives.

He provides clear and easy to read advice that addresses the issues that have arisen and offers practical and commercial answers.

Stephen also provides legal representation to client’s involved in employment litigation in any of the commissions or courts.

Stephen encourages clients to seek advice in advance of taking any action. Identifying and addressing issues at an early stage can help in avoiding costly mistakes. He is a well-regarded and highly experienced employment lawyer well known for his ability to provide advice in terms that are clear and readily understandable.