Protection Of Employees In A Transmission Of Business: What Is Left In The Wake Of WorkChoices And Subsequent Statutory Amendments
Source: University of Melbourne
Regulation of the employment relationship in the context of a transmission of business has undergone substantial revision as a result of the Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) Act 2005 (Cth), and more recently, the Workplace Relations Amendment (A Stronger Safety Net) Act 2007 (Cth). This paper reviews the statutory treatment of transmission of business in the past and considers the traditional justification for regulatory intervention in this area. The focus then turns to a detailed examination of the new statutory provisions and analyses the possible impetus for the changes, as well as identifying potential shortcomings. Finally, it looks at recent amendments relating to the application of duress in connection with Australian Workplace Agreements.