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

Calls for company tax cuts are part of a fabricated productivity crisis

Big business will invoke any spurious economic rationale to prevent an overhaul of workplace laws John Kenneth Galbraith once noted that “trickle-down economics” was not a recent invention but had been tried before in the United States in the 1890s. The brilliant economist explained that it was referred to as “horse and sparrow theory” by…

The ground is shifting under BHP

In a remarkable development late last year, the world’s biggest miner made the momentous declaration that it would quit the World Coal Association, citing “material differences” on climate and energy policy. Following its months-long internal review, BHP also put the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) on notice, declaring that it would no longer tolerate the…

Regulation is back, after years of neoliberal neglect

Government intervention is back in vogue as the problems of the free market start to pile up. When Peter Costello calls for the nationalisation of superannuation, Rupert Murdoch says Google has too much market power and the Commonwealth Bank urges Canberra to intervene to stimulate wage growth, the game has changed. Government intervention is back…