A roundtable discussion between the government, business leaders and unions on Wednesday sought to bring more clarity to the issue of mandatory workplace vaccinations.
Major employers have secured an industrial relations victory after the High Court has overturned a ruling which critics feared would compel businesses to provide billions of dollars in backpay to casual workers.
The Morrison government’s omnibus industrial relations bill is in ‘shambles’ as it looks to surrender all but one of its five reforms. Facing significant opposition in the Senate over the “complex and contentious bill”, the government will not pursue the reintroduction of bargaining agreements, award amendments, or changes to greenfield […]
Labor will promise new Fair Work Commission powers over Australia’s gig economy, according to a speech Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese will deliver Wednesday. The speech reportedly calls for the commission to “determine what rights and obligations should apply” for vulnerable workers. The major policy announcement comes as the Coalition government […]
New analysis has revealed that nearly half of all casual workers aren’t being paid their leave loading, despite being entitled to it. The report published by Griffith University Professor David Peetz has shed light on the reality of insecure work in Australia, with the country trailing the vast majority of […]
The Victorian Government is calling for submissions about recommendations made in its Inquiry into the Victorian On-Demand Workforce’s report. Launched in 2018, the Inquiry published a report earlier this year with 20 recommendations to improve gig workers’ conditions for federal and state governments After the consultation closes, the Victorian Government […]
More Australian workers could soon find themselves with two weeks of pandemic leave. The Morrison government confirmed it is considering the usefulness of the policy as the number of confirmed cases in Victoria continues to climb. After the Fair Work Commission (FWC) guaranteed pandemic to aged care workers, it could […]
Two weeks of paid pandemic leave have been extended to aged care workers in the latest Fair Work decision. The conditional special leave will be available to those who are either displaying symptoms or have come into close contact with a confirmed case. Unions are now calling for the measure […]
The Attorney-General’s Department has released two new discussion papers outlining the need for new penalties to combat wage theft. Australian businesses found guilty could face million-dollar fines and be forced to display a public notice of their crimes, while directors could face disqualification and up to ten years imprisonment as […]
A string of high-profile cases in Australia have highlighted the prevalence of wage theft and underpayment. Just last week, Woolworths admitted it may have underpaid staff by as much as $300 million. We asked two different employment experts why. One claims that employment law is simply too complex for businesses […]
The Fair Work Commission has announced a new national minimum wage of $740.80 per week or $19.49 per hour after a review by its expert panel. The 3% increase is lower than last year’s decision by the commission to increase the minimum wage by 3.5%. The Australian Council of Trade […]
Workers at Chemist Warehouse will receive an immediate 8.75 per cent pay rise and over four years their salaries will increase by 18.75 per cent. The agreement follows two weeks of strikes at Chemist Warehouse in Victoria and Queensland that have left stores with with empty shelves. Chemist Warehouse has […]
Amazon’s entry to Australia signals a wider and worrying trend in worker relations. The company’s model, resting on heavy automation, means fewer low and middle skill jobs. Like other multinational companies that enter the Australian marketplace, Amazon will have different industrial relations practices and this could signal changes in union […]
Uber Australia is reportedly settling unfair dismissal claims lodged against it by “deactivated” drivers who have felt their exile was unjustified. The AFR reports that, even though the company does not classify drivers as employees, it is not resisting unfair dismissal cases submitted to the Fair Work Commission to avoid […]
Ridesharing provider Uber is the subject of an investigation by Australia’s ombudsman for workplace relations. The Fair Work Ombudsman confirmed to Business Insider on Wednesday evening that it has started an inquiry into whether the company’s conditions for drivers comply with federal regulations. “I can confirm that the Fair Work […]
The rise and dominance of Domino’s Pizza was revealed earlier today, with profit for the first half of FY17 up 31% to a record $59.7 million, leading the company to also upgrade its profit forecast for the full-year. Domino’s added 76 new stores globally over the last six months of […]
Still a sore point 4 years later.