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Industrial Relations and Employment Law Alert: International Guide released - 5 July 2011

The Global Legal Group has released its 2011 International Comparative Legal Guide for Employment and Labour Law, with HopgoodGanim contributing a chapter on Australia.

The Australian industrial relations landscape is evolving on a nearly daily basis as the federal tribunal, Fair Work Australia, makes key decisions on the practical operation of the provisions in the Fair Work Act which has only been fully operational for 18 months. Trade unions have re-emerged to play a key role in the new enterprise bargaining system.

The Guide is a useful tool for multi-national employers as it provides a snapshot overview of the regulatory picture in Australia in relation to a diverse range of topics, including employee representation (trade unions) and industrial relations, mandatory employment terms and conditions, parental and family leave rights, termination of employment, workplace discrimination and the roles played by court and tribunals.

Partner Andrew Tobin and Solicitor Damon King look at how these laws apply in Australia in comparison to other countries.