Australia's Fair Work Act and the transformation of workplace disability discrimination law

Harpur, Paul, French, Ben and Bales, Richard (2012) Australia's Fair Work Act and the transformation of workplace disability discrimination law. Wisconsin International Law Journal, 30 1: 190-248.

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Author Harpur, Paul
French, Ben
Bales, Richard
Title Australia's Fair Work Act and the transformation of workplace disability discrimination law
Journal name Wisconsin International Law Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0743-7951
Publication date 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Volume 30
Issue 1
Start page 190
End page 248
Total pages 59
Place of publication Wisconsin, United States
Publisher University of Wisconsin at Madison, Law School
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Subject C1
180118 Labour Law
Abstract Until recently, Australian disability discrimination law was similar to that of the United States and much of the rest of the world: it defined disability relatively narrowly, its penalties for noncompliance were relatively paltry, and its enforcement depended on lawsuits brought by aggrieved private citizens. In 2009, however, Australia adopted the Fair Work Act (FW Act). The FW Act defined disability much more broadly, increased substantially the penalties for noncompliance, and created a state institution to enforce disability rights. This article analyses the FW Act, compares it to the workplace disability law in the United States, and argues that the FW Act is a transformational development in the struggle to achieve workplace equality and an approach that should attract significant international interest.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
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