Life Sciences Spotlight | Issue 3, 2013




- 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 strongest patent in the world that you have probably never heard of

- Best practice disclosure for Life Sciences companies

- The new workplace bullying laws and performance management

- Can reverse payments in patent settlements constitute criminal cartel conduct?


- Unravelling the helix

- Q&A with Sammy Fang

- Excerpt from The new workplace bullying laws and performance management:

On 1 January 2014, new workplace bullying laws will form part of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). These laws willentitle workers to apply to the Fair Work Commission (the Commission), Australia’s industrial tribunal, alleging that they have been bullied in the workplace. It has been predicted by the General Manager of the Commission that there may be up to 3,500 applications per year to the Commission under these provisions.

The current state of play -

At present, there is no Australian legislation that specifically prohibits workplace bullying. Therefore, depending on the type of workplace bullying which is alleged, workers have had to rely on other general laws such as occupational health and safety laws, workers’ compensation laws, anti-discrimination laws and the general protection provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), as well as common law claims.

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