21 Feb 2018

A return to job law of yore

From The House, 10:35 pm on 21 February 2018

Union visits, meal breaks, collective bargaining, 90 day trials and many other things are up for changes under legislation going through Parliament.

Many of the changes return employment laws to how they were a few years ago. One change, though, is brand new, and the Government is looking for feedback on how best to word the legislation around it.

Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway

Iain Lees-Galloway,Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, in the House. Photo: VNP / Daniela Maoate-Cox

The Employment Relations Amendment Bill is the child of Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway, and part of the Government’s post-election 100-day plan.

After new legislation like this is debated (read) in the House for the first time it is usually sent to a sub-committee of MPs for a closer look. The Education and Workforce Select Committee in charge of this Bill has now asked the public for feedback (submissions) on whether the law works as is proposed or should be adjusted.  

The Bill includes a complicated raft of adjustments and changes but its stated intention is to “restore key minimum standards and protections for employees, and to implement a suite of changes to promote and strengthen collective bargaining and union rights in the workplace.”

The House sat down with the Minister to chat through some of the specifics of the Bill.

If you want to make submissions on the proposed laws you can find out about how to do that on the Parliament website.