Business Sydney 


Presented by Julian Arndt, Director and Kate Thomson, Associate Director, Australian Business Lawyers and Advisors (ABLA)

Wednesday, 19 July 2023

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM *Light refreshments will be served



Business Sydney, Level 6, 8 Chifley Square, Sydney (Cnr Hunter St and Phillip St - Opposite Chifley Towers)



Business Sydney members and guests

At this exclusive Business Briefing on IR Reforms, Julian Arndt, Director  co-presented with his colleague, Kate Thomson, Associate Director, Australian Business Lawyers & Advisers (ABLA).

ABLA's workplace specialists provided guests with an overview of the federal government's incoming IR Reforms pertaining to:

  • Casual employment
  • ‘same job same pay laws’
  • Regulation of ‘gig working’ – including some forms of contracting
  • the road transport industry
  • labour hire licencing
  • wage theft

The discussions covered the likely impacts on business and how businesses can adapt their current workplace practices to address the incoming reforms.




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Special Guests

Chris Jordan


Director, Australian Business Lawyers and Advisors (ABLA)

Julian provides specialist employment and industrial relations advice and advocacy for employers.

His particular expertise is in the Fair Work Act, the Fair Work Commission and in the owner driver jurisdiction of NSW. For over 10 years he has worked as an advisor to a broad range of businesses.

Julian has a particular interest in enterprise bargaining and advises on employment contracts and policies, modern award and enterprise agreement interpretation and entitlements.

Julian advises employers on their obligations and engagement with third parties such as the ombudsman, unions, wage inspectorate and the media.

Prior to his career as a solicitor, Julian was a Judge’s Associate working for a Justice on the industrial law panel of the Federal Court of Australia.

Chris Jordan


Associate Director, Australian Business Lawyers and Advisors (ABLA)

Kate is a specialist employment and industrial relations lawyer skilled in providing targeted, timely and relevant advice to clients managing workforces from small to large. She is also experienced in work health and safety matters including investigations and prosecutions.

Where conflict cannot be resolved at the workplace level, Kate is experienced in representing employers in relation to unfair dismissal claims, general protections claims and notifications of dispute in the relevant tribunal.

Kate is currently working with our Principal Associate, Dr Rod Harrison, to assist a number of large clients implement interest-based approaches to enterprise bargaining and workplace dispute resolution.  This work is a key part of Kate’s enterprise agreement bargaining practice, which sees her provide advice and support to clients through all stages of the bargaining process, including drafting, bargaining, approval and assisting with approval when agreements reach the Fair Work Commission. Kate is also able to assist clients with ‘plain English drafting’ of agreements, having extensively participated in the Fair Work Commission’s Plain English Re-drafting Proceedings in the course of the Four Yearly Review of Modern Awards on behalf of Australian Business Industrial and Business NSW.

Kate is able to provide advice and assistance to clients at all stages of the employment life cycle, from recruitment, to employment contracts, performance management, workplace investigations, disciplinary processes and termination of employment.

Based in the firm’s Newcastle office, Kate’s clients have included government entities, Councils, listed companies and small to medium enterprises. They represent a broad range of industry sectors including mining and resources, finance, utilities, education, manufacturing and civil construction. She is a regular author and presenter on a range of employment and work health and safety related topics.

Kate is a long-standing member of the Newcastle Law Society management committee, as well as an involved member of the Industrial Relations Society of NSW (Newcastle Branch). She is also proud to support the University of Newcastle Legal Centre and helps to foster the next generation of young legal talent by supervising placement students from the University.  



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