Employment Relations

2017/18 Annual Report

The Employee Relations Committee is represented by practitioners who practice in the fields of employment, industrial relations and diversity (including discrimination and harassment).

The fields of law dealt with by the Committee are subject to considerable legislative change from time to time depending on the Government of the day. As a result, the Committee remains committed to its bipartisan cause and largely refrains from making submissions to the Law Society’s Council on proposed legislative changes in order to maintain its neutrality.

A significant focus of the Committee’s work in the last year has been on the Ministerial Review of the State Industrial Relations System. The Committee has provided two submissions to the Review and is awaiting the release of the final report. In particular, the submission expressed the Law Society’s concern that the Interim Report appears to suggest the possible abolition of the Full Bench of the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC). Appeals direct to a Supreme Court judge from the WAIRC, as suggested by the Interim Report, may create significantly increased case load work for the Supreme Court.

For more information about this committee please email General Manager, Advocacy – Mary Woodford, advocacy@lawsocietywa.asn.au