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 progressive thinktank, the Australia Institute. 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.

Josh is a past 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

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…

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…