As foreshadowed in our March Update, the Government has introduced its “second tranche” of proposed amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). The draft legislation was introduced into the Australian Parliament on 21 March 2013 and broadly the changes include introducing “family friendly” measures, new bullying protections, expanding right of entry, protecting penalty rates and introducing new consultation obligations regarding changes to hours or rosters.

Already we have seen some major employers and employer groups (most notably including BHP Billiton) speak out about their dissatisfaction with the proposed changes, citing concerns about the impact of productivity and the broader economy.