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The redundancy provisions in the Fair Work Act place a positive obligation on employers to fully explore redeployment opportunities within oan employer's wider corporate structure. As lawyer Andrew Bland explains, proactively pursuing and proposing alternate employment opportunities before redundancy or termination will minimise the risk of unfair dismissal claims or adverse action such as litigation being brought by employees. Click here to read the full article

With the commencement of Modern Awards on 1 January 2010 there were a number of applications made by certain employer groups seeking amendment to the General Retail Award, 2010 which were subsequently determined by Fair Work Australia.

In a full bench decision of FWA last week, the applications were determined resulting in a number of changes to the Award which we briefly summarise in this document: Blandslaw retail changes.

Updates on the Changes Agreed Between the Government and the Senate Over the Past Seven Days.

On the last sitting day for Parliament until May, the Fair Work Bill has passed through the Senate, after the Government reached a much debated agreement with Family First Senator Steve Fielding, on phasing-in its definition of small business for unfair dismissal purposes.

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On 25 November 2008, Workplace Relations Minister, Julia Gillard, introduced into Parliament the awaited Fair Work Bill 2008. Earlier this year, transitional legislation was introduced, removing AWAs, introducing a "no disadvantage test" for agreements and beginning the award modernisation process.

The new Fair Work Bill seeks to implement the remaining changes save for a further transitional and consequential changes bill which is to be introduced next year that will "explain how existing employers and employees move to the new Forward with Fairness arrangements".

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Circumstances may arise in which the employment of your employees need to be terminated. Termination attracts various legal obligations of which employers ought to be mindful in order to avoid or minimise litigious repercussions.

From 1 July next year, the Federal Government's changes to the Work Choices unfair dismissal laws will take effect, which will in turn alter the current legislative termination landscape.

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