Four burgeoning IR issues for 2013 and beyond: adverse action; social media & workplace policy; trade union regulation (after the HSU affair); and the QANTAS aftermath

Floyd, Louise, and Spry, Max (2013) Four burgeoning IR issues for 2013 and beyond: adverse action; social media & workplace policy; trade union regulation (after the HSU affair); and the QANTAS aftermath. Australian Bar Review, 37 (2). pp. 153-174.

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Abstract

The 2012 Review of the Fair Work Act found the current laws to be ‘working well’ — with no major overhaul of the legislation recommended. While that finding might lead one to think industrial law is uncharacteristically well-settled in Australia, the terms of reference of that review note that it was only ever meant to review the technical operation of the act — not to question its underpinning policy base. Quite apart from the 2012 Fair Work Review, there have been major developments in industrial law in the areas of: • adverse action; • after hours conduct and the need for specialist social media policies in the modern workplace; • trade union regulation (after the HSU affair); and • the effect of the aftermath of the QANTAS dispute on enterprise bargaining and the offshoring of work by Australian companies. This article analyses those four issues, all of which are so important for practitioners.

Item ID: 32104
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: employment law
ISSN: 0814-8589
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2014 04:22
FoR Codes: 18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1801 Law > 180118 Labour Law @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940405 Law Reform @ 100%
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