A story about being engaged in research : buzzing bees, small business and Australian unfair dismissal laws

Barrett, Rowena (2009) A story about being engaged in research : buzzing bees, small business and Australian unfair dismissal laws. In Townsend, Keith & Burgess, John (Eds.) Method in the Madness. Chandos Publishing, Oxford, pp. 175-189.

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Protection for employees from unfair dismissal (UFD) has been around in Australia under various guises for 30 years or so (Chapman, 2006). Labour standards, and particularly ILO Convention 158 (Convention Concerning Termination of Employment at the Initiative of the Employer 1982), underpin the adoption of a particular form of federal statutory UFD regime which first appeared in the 1993 reforms to the Industrial Relations Act 1998 (Commonwealth). Its existence, however, has not been uncontroversial, and the meaning, operation, scope and remedies have attracted attention over time. In fact, the first reforms to the federal UFD regime were undertaken under the Keating Labor government three months after they were enacted (Chapman, ibid.). Further reforms were made by the incoming Howard Liberal-national coalition government through the Workplace Relations Act 1996 (Commonwealth) (WRA), and arguably these reforms continued down the ‘contraction’ path (ibid.).

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ID Code: 75507
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Engaged in Research, Small Business , Australian Unfair Dismissal Laws
DOI: 10.1016/B978-1-84334-493-3.50014-9
ISBN: 9781843344933
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Industrial Relations (150306)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 25 Aug 2014 02:01
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2015 16:32

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