Business Sydney 


Managing Director - Sydney Office, Australian Business Lawyers and Advisors (ABLA)

Thursday, 17 November 2022

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM *Light refreshments will be served



Business Sydney, Level 23, 45 Clarence Street, Sydney



Business Sydney members and guests

On 27 October 2022, the Federal Government introduced into Federal Parliament what will become the biggest IR reforms in more than a decade. These landmark legislative changes will have an impact on all workplaces across Australia as part of Better Pay and Secure Jobs Bill.

The Bill introduces raft of changes including:

  • changes to enterprise bargaining; EA terminations and protected industrial action
  • significant extensions to the ability of employees to contest employer decisions in response to flexible work arrangement requests
  • reforms directed towards increasing ‘gender equity’
  • reforms under the broad theme of ‘job security’ (including significant limitations on fixed term contracts)
  • reforms to wage payment compliance laws (including how jobs are advertised)

At this briefing Luis Izzo, Managing Director - Sydney Office, along with Kate Thomson, Senior Associate, Australian Business Lawyers and Advisors (ABLA), presented on what the proposed changes mean for business. 




Special Guest

Chris Jordan


Managing Director, Australian Business Lawyers and Advisors (ABLA)

Luis oversees ABLA's Sydney Workplace Relations practice and has over 15 years’ experience practicing as a specialist employment and industrial relations lawyer. Luis’ recent personal advocacy success includes representation of ACCI and Business NSW in test case proceedings pertaining to overtime provisions for casuals and inserting new schedules into modern awards in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Luis’ advocacy experience in State and Federal Courts and Tribunals is extensive. In addition to achieving successful outcomes for clients as an advocate in numerous unfair dismissal and industrial dispute arbitrations, Luis acted as one of the lead employer advocates in the 2014/2015 Fair Work Commission Annual Leave Test Case as well as the highly publicised 2016/2017 Penalty Rates Test Case. Following heavily contested hearings in both proceedings, Luis ultimately succeeded in securing a raft of amendments to modern awards in respect of both annual leave and weekend penalty rates.

Luis is regularly recognised by peers and clients as an expert in this field and was named a leading practitioner in employment law for the 2022 Doyles' Guide.



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