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Thursday, 27 August 2015

Fair Work giving employers and workers “different answers” on pay and conditions: Eric Abetz

Federal employment minister Eric Abetz has acknowledged the frustration felt by many small business owners when it comes to employee wages and entitlements. by Renee Thompson

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Business groups warn against transferable long service leave entitlements

One in four small businesses in Victoria say the introduction of a portable long service leave scheme could force them to reduce staff or hours worked, a survey by the Victorian Employers Chamber of Commerce reveals. by Renee Thompson

Abetz OK with Hutchinson firing workers by text message but lawyer says it’s not a great idea

Sacking a worker via a text message or email can be justified in particular circumstances, according to Federal Employment Minister Eric Abetz. by Eloise Keating

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Average unfair dismissal claim costs businesses $13,500: Productivity Commission flags “no-fault dismissal” but quickly backs away

Introducing a “no-fault” dismissal system into the Australian workplace relations system would save employers and the government thousands of dollars a year, according to the Productivity Commission. by Eloise Keating

Reform Aussie IR laws or end up ‘like Greece’ comments spark debate

Australia’s workplace relations system needs to be improved or else the country will eventually end up “like Greece”, according to one of Australia’s most experienced businesspeople. by Broede Carmody

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Productivity Commission recommends hybrid enterprising bargaining contracts for SMEs: What it means for your business

Small businesses will be able to offer statutory employment contracts that combine elements of enterprise bargaining with individual agreements if the federal government adopts recommendation made by the Productivity Commission. by Eloise Keating

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Productivity Commission backs penalty rate cut and unfair dismissal reform

The Productivity Commission has backed a cut in penalty rates on Sundays, a two-tier rate system and a restructure of the Fair Work Commission in a draft report released today. by Cara Waters

Friday, 24 July 2015

Pyrah case burns Grill’d: Wages controversy turns up the heat on small business and franchises

Franchises and small businesses have good reason to fear the unions coming after them in the wake of the controversy surrounding Grill’d’s workplace agreements, according to the head of the small business by Broede Carmody

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Unfair dismissal claims account for 1 in 3 workplace disputes: Research

A total of 17,806 unfair dismissal claims from employees were lodged with the Fair Work Commission in 2014, amounting to 70 claims a day. by Eloise Keating
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