Employee Relations

2018/19 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 may be subject to substantive legislative change depending on the Government of the day.

Over the course of the last year the Committee continued to monitor the Ministerial Review of the State Industrial Relations System. The Committee’s work also involved considering the Law Society position paper and report into People Unlawfully Engaging in Legal Work, the possible implementation of industrial manslaughter laws by the State government and the right of
lawyers to appear in matters before the Fair Work Commission.

The Committee is currently considering a recent decision of the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission (WAIRC), involving the engagement of a junior lawyer as an independent contractor on a commission only basis and the whether the circumstances of engagement identified in the decision are contrary to the Legal Profession Act and the Best Practice Guidelines
for Basic Work and Pay Conditions for Junior Practitioners.

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