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Last week the Olympic Arrangements Bill 2000 was introduced into the New South Wales Parliament.

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Olympics

Last week the Olympic Arrangements Bill 2000 was introduced into the New South Wales Parliament. This Bill will be detailed in a future HR Link. Briefly, the Bill facilitates the conduct of the Games. As a one-off measure, the Bill's provisions apply only during the Games period (2 September 1999 - 29 October 2000) and relate to:

  • the carrying on of business for banks on Saturdays and Sundays during the Games period;
  • the provision of authorised officers to serve penalty notices on persons or corporations that use land within 5 km of any Olympic venue and facility for the purposes of illegal car parks;
  • controlling the sale and distribution of articles in certain public places;
  • road transport legislation, the provision and use of Olympic lanes, the fines for breaching road closures;
  • traffic management plans in relations to deliveries within the Sydney CBD; and
  • the powers of the Olympic Co-Ordinating Authority
Cases

Two significant cases were handed down by the Federal Court last week. Both shall be reported in more detail in HR Link this week.

The first was a Full Court decision that upheld the decision of Gray J in AWU & Ors v BHP Iron Ore Pty Ltd [2000] FCA 39, (HR Link 11/2000), in which BHP was ordered by way of an interlocutory injunction to cease offering, entering into, formalising or registering individual contracts with any of its employees.

The second decision by Merkel J, canvassed the contemporary issue of the right of employee's to use office e-mail. In this instance it was held that an employer breached the freedom of association provisions, for dismissing an employee who distributed union information by e-mail.

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