Andrew Ball

Andrew Ball

DLA Piper

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Doing Business in Australia

With strong economic fundamentals, a positive outlook, proximity and strong trade links with some of the world’s most dynamic economies, Australia offers a wealth of opportunities for global investors and multinational...more

10/10/2014

Comcare licensees: Push to lower barriers to entry to the federal WHS system

The Federal Government is proposing to make it easier for businesses to opt out of State and Territory specific work health and safety (WHS) laws and to join the Federal WHS system. The case for self-insurance...more

9/24/2014 - Australia Employee Benefits Healthcare Self-Insurance

Life Sciences Spotlight - Issue 4, 2014

Since our last edition, there has been a number of developments in the Life Sciences sector across the Asia Pacific region and we are pleased to be able to update you on these recent trends. It is evident that the...more

8/15/2014 - China Data Protection Life Sciences Medical Devices Patents Right to Privacy Technology

Workplace guides in place for start of Australian anti-bullying laws in 2014 - Replacing proposed Code of Practice

After two years, two drafts and two rounds of public consultation, Safe Work Australia has determined to release its draft Code of Practice on Preventing and Responding to Workplace Bullying in the form of a Guide (Bullying...more

11/21/2013

Harmonised Work Health And Safety Laws Pushing Boundaries Into White Collar Work

Australia has an impressive track record in legislating and enforcing work health and safety laws as underscored by the recent harmonisation of work health and safety laws in most jurisdictions across Australia. Safe...more

10/29/2013 - Australia Bullying Employer Liability Issues Workplace Bullying

Harmonised Work Health And Safety Laws Pushing Boundaries Into White Collar Work (Australia)

Australia has an impressive track record in legislating and enforcing work health and safety laws as underscored by the recent harmonisation of work health and safety laws in most jurisdictions across Australia. Safe...more

9/10/2013 - Australia Bullying Healthcare International Harmonization Safety Precautions

Life Sciences Spotlight | Issue 3, 2013

IN THIS ISSUE: - FEATURES: - A new wave of regulatory enforcement actions in China – Are we witnessing a prolonged enforcement cycle? - Update on recent decisions - Australia’s innovation patent – The...more

9/5/2013 - Australia Bullying Cartels China Compliance Enforcement Innovation Life Sciences New Regulations Patents Reverse Payment Settlement Agreements

Australia: General Protections - Best Practice Guide

OVERVIEW - The general protections protect “workplace rights” as defined broadly in the FW Act. The general protections prohibit “adverse action” being taken against a person when that person decides to, or not to,...more

8/15/2013 - Adverse Employment Action Australia Discrimination Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues

Australia: Industrial Action - Best Practice Guide

OVERVIEW - The FW Act contains a central distinction between “protected” industrial action (that is, lawful action) and “unprotected” industrial action (unlawful action). However, a designated “bargaining period”...more

8/15/2013 - Australia Collective Actions Collective Bargaining Industrial Action Lockouts Notice Requirements Protected Activity Strike Unions

Australia: Termination Of Employment - Best Practice Guide

WHAT OBLIGATIONS ARISE? Unfair dismissal laws, which are set out in the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act), apply to a large number of Australian employees and generally give those employees the broadest protection...more

8/14/2013 - Australia Employer Liability Issues Fair Work Act Hiring & Firing Termination

Australia: The Safety Net - Best Practice Guide

COMPLIANCE WITH THE NES - An employer must comply with the NES in relation to each of its employees. Any attempt to exclude the NES or provide less favourable entitlements will not be effective as the NES...more

8/14/2013 - Australia Employee Benefits Employee Rights International Labor Laws Paid Leave

Australia: Managing Ill Or Injured Workers - Best Practice Guide

TAKING THE PLUNGE - Often, the first step is for an employer to ask, and if necessary, direct the employee to undergo a medical examination. Where the employee refuses, the employer needs to decide whether that...more

8/14/2013 - Australia Bodily Injury Compliance Employee Benefits Employer Liability Issues Medical Examinations Sick Leave Workplace Injury

Australia: Bargaining Under The Fair Work Act - Best Practice Guide

ENTERPRISE AGREEMENTS - The FW Act provides for the making of an enterprise agreement that is simply a collective agreement that covers one (single-enterprise) or more employers (multi-enterprise) and the employees...more

8/14/2013 - Australia Collective Bargaining Employee Rights Fair Work Act

Australia: Right Of Entry For Unions - Best Practice Guide

OVERVIEW - There are three types of ROE for union officials seeking to enter ‘workplaces’ under the FW Act: - To hold discussions with employees whose interests the union is entitled to represent - To...more

8/14/2013 - Australia Fair Work Act Foreign Jurisdictions OHSA Unions

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