The Coalition has largely succeeded in neutralising IR as a 2013 federal election issue by promising to retain – at least for one term – Labor's Fair Work framework, but Australia's two major parties are still going to the September 7 poll with some significant policy differences, including on paid parental leave, right of entry, and construction industry regulation. Workplace Express compares their IR policies and those of the Greens, whose future hold on the Senate balance of power is uncertain.
With the FWC's new bullying jurisdiction to commence operation in less than five months, Master Builders Australia claims there are practical difficulties with the regime, including the potential for "go away" money, confusion arising from multiple actions, and the absence of a pre-screening process.
Australia's national science agency, the CSIRO, has received a mixed report card from an independent investigation into allegations of workplace bullying, which found that while the organisation's work culture wasn't "toxic", its policies had encouraged a "blame the victim" approach.
The Federal Circuit Court has ruled that there is no unfettered right to freedom of political expression in dismissing a federal public servant's application for a declaration that any finding that she had breached the APS code of conduct for tweeting her opinions would breach her implied constitutional rights.
The Federal Court has found that BHP Coal took unlawful adverse action when it sacked two CFMEU officials for allegedly harassing and bullying a mine worker who had resigned from the union, holding the claims against them weren't made out and the company's actions were "inexplicably harsh".
The federal government's Fair Work Amendment Bill 2013 is through the House of Representatives with its right of entry provisions intact but with its bullying provisions delayed by six months and no expanded arbitration for greenfields bargaining or intractable disputes.