Josh Bornstein is an employment and industrial relations 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. He is also a member of the Victorian Racing Tribunal and Deputy Chair of the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board.

In April 2020, he was appointed a member of the Industrial Relations Advisory Committee of the federal government’s National Covid-19 Coordination Commission.

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

Recent Writing

Enlightened paternity leave scheme one pathway to gender equality

The findings of sexual harassment against former judge Dyson Heydon by an independent investigation commissioned by the High Court have provoked a wave of new inquiries and proposals for reform. One of the first out of the blocks was Attorney-General Christian Porter ordering a further investigation into allegations that Heydon engaged in further sexual harassment…

Underpaid Workers and Wage Theft

The recent mea culpa by Woolworths of a decade-long underpayment of thousands of its employees came as an embarrassment to the workplace regulator, the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO). The record-breaking underpayment of $300 million to some 5700 employees appears to have unfolded right in front of the regulator’s eyes. Then this week a class action…


Truth, Power and The Law

I am a panellist at the upcoming webinar Truth, Power and The Law. The event will be held on Tuesday 28 July 2020, 5.30-6.15pm More information here

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