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“Global Pulse” Interviews on Employment Relations in Australia, New Developments on Forced Labor Reg

In our newest Global Pulse series, HR Policy Global staff and our guest speakers will, respectively, discuss the “pyramid” system that forms that basis of employment landscape in Australia, new EU ban on products made using forced labor, and China’s move to ratify two ILO conventions on forced labor. Global Pulse is a pre-recorded webinar and interview series that provides timely updates on the most significant HR-related issues around the world.  

In our first Global Pulse videoCheryl Power, who leads IBM’s HR governance and compliance work, had a discussion with Michelle SwindenDirector of Asia Affairs at HR Policy Association, and gave an overview of the ‘pyramid’ system which forms the basis for employment relationships in Australia and its complexities, including:  

1) National Employment Standards 

2) Modern Awards 

3) Enterprise Agreements 

4) Individual Contracts 

They discussed the issues that companies need be aware in order to understand their workforce structures and avoid negative exposures. 

In the other Global Pulse interviewWen Dong, Director of Global Affairs at HRPA, and Auret van Heerden Founder and CEO, Equiception, had a chat about some recent developments on global supply chain and forced labor. The questions are:  

  • The European Commission recently proposed an EU ban on products made using forced labor, including similar provisions as in the US Uyghur forced labor prevention act. Even though it could be years before the legislations is approved, what potential influence will these laws have on global employers and their supply chain? What do HR executives need to know?  

  • China has ratified the two ILO Fundamental Conventions on forced labor. Would that mean the government will be obligated to provide more transparency on its labor practices and make auditing easier for global businesses?  

  • As we discussed, companies are facing more risks sourcing from China than before. What alternatives do they have? India, Vietnam or Mexico? And could businesses run into the same issues of forced labor in these countries? 

Published on: November 30, 2022

Authors: Wenchao Dong

Topics: Global

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