Federal building laws earmarked, plus more IR news

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Federal building laws earmarked, plus more IR news

Federal building laws earmarked; Improved bargaining a possibility; Compliance and contempt sent to Senate inquiry; ALP intro low-cost sacking 2003; Victoria child laws to make headway.

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Federal building laws earmarked; Improved bargaining a possibility; Compliance and contempt sent to Senate inquiry; ALP intro low-cost sacking 2003; Victoria child laws to make headway.

Building laws earmarked for Spring Parliament

The Federal Government expects the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Bill and Building and Construction Industry Improvement (Transitional and Consequential) to be introduced and passed this session of Parliament.

The proposed new laws seek to implement recommendations from the Cole Royal Commission into the Building and Construction Industry.

They also pave the way for the introduction of the Building and Construction Industry Improvement Bill.

Improving Bargaining Bill also a possibility

Listed as a possibility for the Spring Session of Federal Parliament are proposed laws that keep the door closed on protected industrial action during the life of a certified agreement.

The Improving Bargaining Bill seeks to prevent protected industrial action during the life of a certified agreement and to prevent protected industrial action in relation to non-employment related claims.

Granting the AIRC power to order a cooling-off period is also included.

The proposed laws will shut the door opened by the recent Emwest High Court decision that ruled certain protected action during the life of agreements was possible.

On hearing the Emwest decision, the Ai Group called on the Government ‘to introduce legislation urgently to protect the integrity of Australia’s enterprise bargaining system and for opposition parties to support such legislation’.

For more information go to legislation proposed for introduction in the 2003 Spring sittings.

Compliance and codifying contempt

The Workplace Relations Amendment (Compliance with Court and Tribunal Orders) Bill 2003 and the Workplace Relations Amendment (Codifying Contempt Offences) Bill 2003 were referred to a Senate Committee inquiry last week.

Submissions are due 12 September, but a tabling date for the report is not yet known.

For more information go to the Parliament of Australia website

ALP submits low cost dismissal Bill 2003 to the House of Reps

Last week the ALP introduced a Bill in an attempt to lower the cost and reduce the complexity associated with unfair dismissals.

For detail on the Workplace Relations Amendment (Unfair Dismissal - lower Costs, Simpler Procedures) Bill 2003 go to the Parliament of Australia website

Victorian child employment laws

The Victorian Child Employment Bill 2003 is expected to make some headway in the Victorian parliament this session.

For more information see the Child Employment Bill.  

As previously reported:

  • The Greens will introduce The Criminal Code Amendment (Workplace Death and Serious Injury) Bill 2003 to the House of Representatives in September 2003 (see previous story);
  • the Federal Government rejected ALP and Democrat amendments to the Transmission of Business Bill 2002 (see previous story); and
  • the Termination of Employment Bill 2002 failed in the Senate (see previous stories 307 and 309).
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