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Michael has more than 15 years' experience as an employment law and industrial relations lawyer, acting for clients in a range of industries, including banking and finance, insurance, health and pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, real estate, media and entertainment, information technology and professional services. He has developed and published compliance programs and best practice policies locally and within Asia Pacific. He is the author and a developer of CCH’s Employment Contracts Manager, a software package that builds and tailors smart employment contracts. He has also authored a large number of chapters in every edition of CCH’s Australian Master Human Resources Guide. Articles written by Michael on employment law topics have appeared in the Melbourne University Law Review, CFO Magazine, Human Capital, Lawyers Weekly, Human Resources, and CCH’s Employment Law Bulletin. He has also spoken at events arranged by the College of Law, Macquarie Graduate School of Management, and various professional associations. He wrote and produced “Dismissal Impossible,” a training video on unfair dismissal and sexual harassment, for the Australian Stock Exchange. Michael regularly conducts employment-related litigation before State and Federal courts and industrial tribunals at an original and appellate level.

Our Asia Pacific Employment & Compensation Team is pleased to provide you with our first quarterly update for 2021 highlighting key employment law changes across the Asia Pacific region. Please feel free to visit our Building a New Workforce Reality and FutureWorks sites designed to guide global employers on how to future-proof your workforce and to stay competitive in innovating and revolutionizing your working practices.

With COVID-19 vaccinations finally here, organizations looking to protect their workforces and promote business continuity must navigate a fast-evolving framework of national protocols and regulatory regimes. An increasing number of jurisdictions across the globe are publishing guidelines and legislation governing the legal and practical aspects of workplace vaccination programs.

In brief Closing the Gap: The EU Pay Transparency Directive  As more companies embrace inclusion and diversity as a board level priority and take progressive steps to build a more inclusive workforce we are seeing an evolution in equal pay laws across the globe as  lawmakers respond to the need…

Closing the Gap: The EU Pay Transparency Directive 

As more companies embrace inclusion and diversity as a board level priority and take progressive steps to build a more inclusive workforce we are seeing an evolution in equal pay laws across the globe as  lawmakers respond to the need to close the diversity gap.

Most recently, the European Commission has proposed a directive aimed at requiring pay transparency, which, if passed, would affect each of its 27 member states. We outline the key proposals and their impact on European employers below and highlight additional recent global developments in equal pay. 

In brief There is no question that the pandemic has changed the future of work. From an increased focus on health and safety to transitioning to permanent (or indefinite) remote work, or preparing for business transformation, companies are facing critical business challenges in regard to their most important asset —…

Digital transformation is not only about technology, it is about bringing together the power of technology with a culture that embraces the change and demands placed on the organizations by its customers. It enables the organization to continually transform and innovate to simultaneously drive and respond to the shifting demands…

In brief The Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020 (“Bill”) was introduced into Federal Parliament on 9 December 2020. If passed, this “omnibus” Bill will represent the most change to our workplace relations laws since the introduction of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (“FW…

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the need to reshape employment models, and more companies are examining extended remote work policies to provide flexibility for the benefit of both people and organizations. CEOs of the 2020 Fortune 500 list reported one of the most important things the crisis has taught them…

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing companies to re-examine their work from home or remote work policies. Many companies moved rapidly to a remote workforce during the pandemic, and for some, remote work has been so successful that they are contemplating making the change permanent. There is no one size fits…