In a recent decision of the Federal Court, an executive has been awarded $3.7 million for his former employer’s breach of his employment contract.
Last week, the House of Representatives passed changes to the Fair Work Act which now provide employers with the ability to take proposed greenfields agreements to the Fair Work Commission for approval if no deal is reached within six months. This aims to address inappropriate bargaining conduct and encourage unions and employers to reach an agreement.
Other key changes to the Fair Work Act include protected action ballot orders and extending unpaid parental leave.
However, many of the changes originally proposed to the Fair Work Act have not been included due to insufficient support.