• The Fair Work Commission’s new workplace bullying regime commences 1 January 2014 – employers be prepared!  The Commission has released a draft benchbook with useful examples of when a worker has been “bullied at work”, and what constitutes “reasonable management action carried out in a reasonable manner”.  The Commission has also release a summary of the new bullying jurisdiction’s case management model
  • More onerous obligations in relation to right of entry.  There are new rules about where meetings can be held, and how disputes will be dealt with.
  • Family friendly changes.  Employers will be required to consult with employees about changes to rosters or working hours.
  • Fair Work Commission arbitration after failed conciliation.  If conciliation at the Commission fails, the parties will be able to agree (within 14 days of the conciliation) to have an adverse action or unlawful termination claim arbitrated by the Commission.
  • Additional modern awards’ objective.  Modern awards must take into account possible additional remuneration for overtime and “non-standard” hours.