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  • Registered organisations bill 2000

    23 December 1999

    As mentioned in HR Link 151/99, the Government has released an exposure draft bill – Registered Organisations Bill 2000 for public discussion and comment.

  • Exposure bill released for comment

    23 December 1999

    On Friday 17 December 1999, the Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business, the Hon. Peter Reith MP, released an exposure draft (309 pages) of the Government’s Registered Organisations Bill 2000. The exposure draft is open to public discussion and comment.

  • Affirmative action - no reporting in 2000, but get ready for 2001

    23 December 1999

    Due to recent amendments to the affirmative action laws, employers with 100 or more employees will not be required to report on their affirmative action programs for women in the year 2000.

  • If unfair contract not disguised as unfair dismissal then s109a has no application

    17 December 1999

    A Full Bench of the Industrial Relations Commission of New South Wales in Court Session has determined that s109A of the Industrial Relations Act 1996 (NSW) only excludes from the operation of the unfair contracts jurisdiction (s106), those claims that appear to be unfair dismissal claims disguised as unfair contracts claims.

  • Affirmative action amended

    3 December 1999

    Whilst most of the political focus this week has been upon the fate of the Government's second wave of workplace relations reform, the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Amendment Bill 1999 passed through the Senate with substantial amendments.

  • Democrats reject more of the second wave

    2 December 1999

    At a party room meeting on 30 November 1999, the Democrats altered their position on certain amendments.

  • Senate committee reports on second wave of reforms

    30 November 1999

    On 29 November 1999, the Senate Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education Legislation Committee tabled in the Parliament the Consideration of the Provisions of the Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (More Jobs, Better Pay) Bill 1999.

  • High court challenge to simplification

    23 November 1999

    On 11 November 1999 the High Court reserved its decision on a constitutional challenge by the CFMEU against the award simplification transitional provisions of the Workplace Relations and Other Legislation Amendment Act 1996 (WROLA).

  • Workplace equality network

    3 November 1999

    On 22 September 1999 the Federal Government introduced the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Amendment Bill 1999 so as to effect amendments to the Affirmative Action (Equal Employment Opportunity for Women) Act 1986.

  • Airc annual report

    3 November 1999

    As soon as practicable after the end of each financial year the President of the Australian Industrial Relations Commission is required by s49 of the Workplace Relations Act 1996, to prepare and provide the Minister with a report on the operations of the Commission for the year.

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