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Fair Work Amendments have become law

09 Jul 2013

Further to our article earlier this month summarising the proposed amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 in respect of bullying and other matters, we wanted to update you to let you know that the amendments have now been passed by both house of Parliament and have also received Royal Assent.

The majority of the  “family friendly measures” commenced earlier this week (on 1 July 2013), however all other relevant amendments take affect from 1 January 2014.

In light of the pending changes, businesses are advised to take the following steps as soon as possible:

  1. communicate the changes to decision makers and line managers;
  2. review and update parental leave and flexible work policies to take into account the amendments to the NES that commenced on 1 July 2013; and
  3. review systems, policies and procedures for dealing with bullying (see article for further details).

For a fixed price of $1,500 (exclusive of GST)  we can help your organisation comply with the amendments by reviewing and updating parental leave, bullying and grievance/complaints handling policies (or otherwise preparing such policies for you).

We can also provide in-house training in relation to a range of areas related to the amendments (including performance management, bullying and complaints handling). Please contact us if you would like to discuss our training programs further.

If you would like further advice regarding the impact of the Fair Work amendments on your organisation, or would like us to assist you with implementing the above recommendations, please contact Kristin Ramsey, Associate Director at kristin.ramsey@hyneslegal.com.au or on 07 3193 0542.