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

He is a member of the the Advisory Board of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law, University of Melbourne and is deputy Chair of the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board. He is a former director of economic thinktank, Per Capita.

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

He has been ranked as Victoria’s top employment lawyer for employees in 2013, 2014 and 2015 by Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession – a ranking based on peer review within the legal profession.

Recent Writing

Reclaiming Mutual Obligation

In 1906, the formidable US president, Theodore Roosevelt, wrestled with the dilemma of how to regulate burgeoning monopolies which resisted paying tax, affording decent wages and government regulation. Insisting that corporations provide transparent reports to government on their capitalisation, profits and financial structures, Roosevelt declared that the state “has got to possess the right of…

Alarmism, economic idiocy, and Orwellian appointments: three years of political disaster

How to explain the trainwreck that is the last three years of the federal government? The debacle poses a challenge that will dog journalists, policy wonks and historians for decades to come. The explanations for its dysfunction and sustained under-achievement are complex, but there are at least two distinct theories worth considering. In Malcolm Turnbull’s…

The great Australian superannuation swindle

So you think super is good for the workers? Well, it’s certainly great for the financial services industry. The competition to manage your superannuation is big business. So too is not paying superannuation to workers. Either way, an enormous number of employees are duped and dudded by Australia’s existing superannuation policy. An estimated 650,000 employees…


Workplace Relations – Lecture & Panel Discussion

I am on a panel speaking about workplace bullying laws. The Fair Work Commission & the anti-bullying jurisdiction This year’s lecture will feature a presentation by Commissioner Peter Hampton, Anti-bullying Panel Head, and a panel discussion about bullying behaviour outside the workplace, particularly the question of what is ‘at work’? The panel, chaired by Commission…

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