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EMPLOYMENT LAW - FOR EMPLOYEES
Since 1 July 2009 employment law at the federal level has been governed by the Fair Work Act 2009. The Fair Work Act has made a number of important changes in the areas of unfair dismissal, the making of agreements, and dispute resolution. It also introduced two new bodies, Fair Work Australia and the Fair Work Ombudsman. In 2012 the Fair Work Amendment Act 2012 renamed Fair Work Australia to the Fair Work Commission along with making amendments to the operation of the Commission.
From 1 January 2010 the National Employment Standards set down standards to govern employment. Modern awards that set down terms and conditions of employment for various industries are part of the modernisation of Australia’s labour law. It is important then, that both employers and employees are fully aware of their rights and obligations under the Fair Work system.