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Federal government passes amendments to Fair Work Act

The Fair Work Amendment Bill 2013 has now passed the Senate. The bill introduces a number of significant amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), including new powers for the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to stop workplace bullying that commence on 1 January 2014.

The changes introduced by the Fair Work Amendment Bill 2013 were summarised in King & Wood Mallesons’ earlier alert on the bill when it was first introduced to Parliament.

The key changes include new family-friendly measures, consultation requirements for changes to roster arrangements and right-of-entry provisions. However, potentially the most significant change is the introduction of the new bullying jurisdiction in the FWC. FWC general manager Bernadette O’Neill recently told the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee during an Estimates Hearing that the FWC expected there to be an extra 3,500 applications lodged per year as a result of this new jurisdiction…

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