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Significantly scaled-back Omnibus IR Bill passed by Parliament

UPDATE:  The revised Bill received Royal Assent on 26 March 2021 meaning the changes in relation to casual employment discussed below took effect 27 March 2021. This news post has been updated as of 1 April 2021.

On 22 March, a substantially revised version of the Morrison Government’s Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2021 (the Bill) was passed by Parliament. A majority of the original Bill was jettisoned in the wake of strong opposition, with the final iteration retaining a sole focus on casual employment.

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Labor, Unions cold on Government’s IR Bill

Prior to Christmas, the Morrison Government unveiled its Omnibus IR Bill, the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020 (see our related article). Unions were immediately disgruntled by the proposed reform, claiming the Bill reflected “exactly what the employers wanted” whilst earlier this month, the Labor caucus was resolute in its pledge to oppose the Bill, in its entirety.

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REMINDER: Additional Public Holidays applicable in Queensland this Festive Season

With Christmas fast approaching, most employers would have already noticed that Queensland will observe an additional public holiday for Boxing Day this year. With 26 December falling on a Saturday, the Holidays Act 1983 – which governs the setting of public holidays in Queensland – specifies that an additional public holiday will be observed for Boxing Day on Monday, 28 December 2020. This means, in Queensland, BOTH dates of 26 December 2020 and 28 December 2020 will be recognised public holidays for Boxing Day. The typical benefits of public holidays subsequently apply to BOTH dates, not one date or the other.

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