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Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Darrell Lea cops it sweet over fight to stop redundancy packages

Confectionery company Darrell Lea has lost an appeal against a Fair Work Commission decision that found the company should pay redundancy packages to employees who declined to move 34km away to work in 2012. by Kirsten Robb

Friday, 28 November 2014

The enduring myth of the industrial relations club

The Abbott government will soon ask the Productivity Commission to review the Fair Work system. In parallel with that review, we need a more sophisticated debate about our workplace relations framework. by Anthony Forsyth

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Clothing retailer forced to wear $40,000 fine for underpaying teenage worker

The Fair Work Ombudsman has won a Federal Circuit Court case in Melbourne, with a judge imposing almost $40,000 in penalties against a clothing retailer for underpaying a junior employee $56,850 in wages. by Andrew Sadauskas

Monday, 10 November 2014

More than half of workers say they’d stop work without penalty rates: Research

More than half of weekend and shift workers say they would stop work if penalty rates were removed, according to research from the University of South Australia. by Kirsten Robb

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Fair Work finds telling a worker to “f-ck off” is unfair dismissal

A small business owner who was found to have unfairly dismissed an employee after telling her to “f-ck off” has spoken out about the need for reform to workplace laws in Australia. by Eloise Keating

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Skills, rorts and exploitation: The vexed issue of reforming the 457 visa scheme

The independent review panel report on the 457 visa scheme is a constructive contribution to the debate over temporary skilled migration. by Joanna Howe

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Convoluted, complex and of questionable relevance: Small business owners tell Fair Work to overhaul awards

Small business owners have told the Fair Work Commission modern award documents should be shorter, simpler, and use more examples and less jargon. by Kirsten Robb

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Employee asked to be on-call during annual leave wins unfair dismissal case

An employee of a Victorian chicken farm has won an unfair dismissal claim against his employer after he was sacked for refusing to be on-call during his annual leave. by Kirsten Robb

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Federal Court upholds landmark Sunday penalty ruling

The Federal Court has rejected a union appeal of a Fair Work Commission decision to reduce penalty rates for Sundays under the 2010 Restaurant Industry Award. by Andrew Sadauskas
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