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

He is a director of the Australia Institute, a member of the 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.

He has been ranked as Victoria’s top employment lawyer for employees between 2013 – 2016 by Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession – a ranking based on peer review within the legal profession.

Recent Writing

The year Australia’s newspapers broke me

In 1893, US publisher Sam McClure established McClure’s Magazine, employing a crack team of writers including Ida Tarbell, Ray Stannard Baker and Lincoln Steffens. McClure’s Magazine became famous for its in-depth exposés of the dark underbelly of the US during the ‘Gilded Age’. McClure sent his writers on long, well-funded assignments of up to six…

Disabled workers win $100m fair pay case: a 2016 good news story

Despite the government’s extraordinary attempts to defeat it, intellectually disabled workers have won a claim for about $100m in unpaid wages 2016 has been by any standards, an awful year. A volatile and hateful politics swept through the United States and Europe. Neoliberalism fell over and took the left with it. A who’s who of…

Precarious work structures foster parasite economy that cut workers’ pay

In the lead up to the federal election, Woolworths got lucky. On June 26 the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) published a scathing report about Woolworths’ mistreatment of its underpaid trolley workers. The timing of the report – one week out from the end of a marathon election campaign – guaranteed scant press coverage. Woolworths was…