The Fair Work Amendment Bill 2014 (Cth) has been referred to the Senate's Education and Employment Committee which is due to publish its report on 5 June 2014. That report will be tabled in the Senate, the Bill amended according to its recommendations and returned to the House of Representatives for approval. If the amendments are accepted, the Bill is expected to become law before the end of the year. 

As you might recall from our March Update, the Bill seeks to balance rights of employers against those of unions, amongst other things limiting the circumstances in which union officials may enter workplaces, empowering the Fair Work Commission to dismiss claims that have no prospect of success without hearing them and prohibiting the use of industrial action to force employers to bargain. 

Andrew Berriman