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Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017


Type
Government
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Before Reps
Portfolio
Employment

Summary

Amends the Fair Work Act 2009 to: increase maximum civil penalties for certain serious contraventions of the Act; hold franchisors and holding companies responsible for certain contraventions of the Act by their franchisees or subsidiaries where they knew or ought reasonably to have known of the contraventions and failed to take reasonable steps to prevent them; clarify the prohibition on employers unreasonably requiring their employees to make payments in relation to the performance of work; provide the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) with evidence-gathering powers similar to those available to corporate regulators such as the Australian Securities and Investment Commission and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission; and prohibit the hindering or obstructing of the FWO and or an inspector in the performance or his or her functions or powers, or the giving of false or misleading information or documents.

Progress of bill

For committee reference information, please see the Notes section at the end of this page.

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 01/03/17  
Second reading moved 01/03/17  
Second reading debate 09/05/17  
Second reading debate 10/05/17  
Second reading debate 11/05/17  
Second reading agreed to 11/05/17  
Consideration in detail debate 11/05/17  
Third reading agreed to 11/05/17  
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

House of Representatives
  • Non-Government
BANDT, Adam, MP

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  • Non-Government
BANDT, Adam, MP

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Schedules of amendments

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Notes
  • Referred to Committee (23/03/2017): Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee; Committee report (09/05/2017)
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