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What you need to know about the draft Equator Principles 4
Insight 11 Jul 2019

Lenders (and project sponsors) should consider the potential impact of changes proposed in the consultation draft of Equator Principles 4. These entail greater focus on climate change, human rights and social risk, including new ...

Australian Human Rights Commission to conduct inquiry into workplace sexual harassment
Insight 31 Jul 2018

Australia's Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, announced on 20 June 2018 that the Australian Human Rights Commission would conduct the world's first national inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces. Senior ...

1 July 2018 changes affecting employers, and public consultation opens on Western Australia's WHS reforms
Insight 31 Jul 2018

Several changes relevant to employers took effect on 1 July 2018, including in relation to minimum rates of pay, the high income threshold, the superannuation maximum contribution base and penalty rates in certain industries. Separately, ...

A cautionary tale – let sleeping employees lie
Insight 31 Jul 2018

A recent Fair Work Commission decision has confirmed that procedural deficiencies will render a dismissal unfair even where the dismissal involves serious misconduct. Senior Associate Laura Miller, Lawyer Sarah Lunny and Vacation Clerk ...

Do you need a labour hire licence?
Insight 31 Jul 2018

New labour hire licencing schemes have commenced in South Australia and Queensland, and will soon commence in Victoria. The schemes aim to protect labour hire workers from exploitation and to promote the integrity of the labour hire ...

Superannuation-guarantee amnesty, and proposed modern slavery legislation
Insight 31 Jul 2018

Two important pieces of draft legislation under Federal consideration are how employers deal with historical superannuation contribution shortfalls, and the possible requirement of employers to report on modern slavery risks and practices ...

US court holds foreign corporations not liable for human rights harms under Alien Tort Statute
Insight 20 Jul 2018

In a decision on human rights litigation that has important consequences for business, a divided US Supreme Court has held that foreign corporations will not be held liable in suits brought under the Alien Tort Statute. Partner Rachel ...

Modern Slavery Bill introduced - how will this impact Australian businesses?
Insight 28 Jun 2018

The Modern Slavery Bill has been introduced into Federal Parliament. If it passes, Australian entities, or entities carrying on business in Australia, with at least $100 million global consolidated revenue will be required to submit a ...

Australian Modern Slavery Act: Final Report recommends mandatory supply chain reporting with penalties for non-compliance
Insight 14 Dec 2017

After a year-long inquiry, a parliamentary committee has recommended that Australia establish a Modern Slavery Act, including mandatory reporting for large businesses on modern slavery risks in their operations and supply chains. The ...

Supply chains and modern slavery: reporting on the rise
Insight 18 Sep 2017

The release of the Attorney-General's consultation paper on modern slavery in supply chains and the recent interim inquiry report on establishing an Australian Modern Slavery Act reflect how international standards around corporate respect ...

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