Josh Bornstein is an employment lawyer who heads the National Employment & Industrial Law practice at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.

He is a director of the Australia Institute, a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law, University of Melbourne and the Centre for Future Work and he is Deputy Chair of the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board.

Josh was the inaugural President of, an advocacy organisation for victims of child sexual abuse within the Jewish community in Australia.

Josh was recently awarded the “Workplace Relations Partner of the Year 2019” at the Lawyers Weekly Awards.

He has been ranked as Victoria’s top employment lawyer for employees by Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession between 2013-19 – a ranking based on peer review within the legal profession.

Recent Writing

Small workplaces and corporate profit are driving wage stagnation

As Australia endures its seventh consecutive year of wage stagnation, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has pledged that the next election will be “a referendum about wages” and will focus attention on “who the economy should work for”. Since Reserve Bank Governor Phillip Lowe belatedly declared a “low wage crisis” in June 2017, the federal government’s…

In this age of surveillance capitalism, the law is left for dust

Can the immense power of the world’s largest oligopolies to plunder our privacy and shape our lives be reined in? In recent days, German antitrust authorities struck a modest blow in consumers’ favour. The ruling of the Federal Cartel Office will prohibit Facebook from aggregating personal information it collects from consumers with that collected by…


Workplace Bullying, Harassment & Discrimination Conference

Please note dates for both Sydney and Melbourne. Date: 27 August 2019 Location: Melbourne Topic: What is the law in relation to workplace bullying and harassment? legal framework for workplace bullying;FWC jurisdiction; Organisation: Thomson Reuters I will present an update on anti-bullying laws and recent case law. Date: 11 – 12 September 2019 Location: Sydney…

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