Fair Work legislation set to commence 1 July

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Fair Work legislation set to commence 1 July

The final pieces of the Fair Work legislative package are falling into place, ready for the commencement of most of the legislation on 1 July.

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The final pieces of the Fair Work legislative package are falling into place, ready for the commencement of most of the legislation on 1 July.
 
Two transitional bills are though Parliament and regulations have been released.
 
Fair Work Bill — Transitional & Consequential Bills passed
 
On 18 June the Fair Work (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Bill (T&C Bill) was passed by Parliament. A number of amendments introduced by Government Senators and Senator Xenophon were also accepted by the Lower House.
 
Senator Xenophon’s amendments attempt to ameliorate the impact of the NES on existing agreements, as well as require the AIRC to consider additional business grounds when making modern awards.
 
The T&C Bill makes a number of amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009.
 
A consolidated version of the T&C Bill and the Fair Work Act should be available soon.
 
Second transitional Bill
 
A second T&C bill, the Fair Work (State Referral and Consequential and Other Amendments) Bill 2009 (State Referral Bill) was also passed by Parliament with no amendments.
 
This second bill is enabling legislation allowing the State Governments to refer their industrial relations powers to the Commonwealth.
 
 
On 18 June the government also released the Fair Work Regulations 2009. Most provisions will commence on 1 July 2009.
 
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