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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

How the ‘game changing’ South Australian penalty rates deal may flow on to your SME

A landmark deal on retail penalty rates between the South Australian chamber of commerce and the retail union could have flow-on effects to SMEs across the country. by Kirsten Robb

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Cutting minimum wages and penalty rates could have more winners than losers

One of the issues to be assessed by the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into the Workforce Relations Framework is the option of lower minimum wages and penalty rates for weekends and public holidays. by John Freebairn

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Ai Group calls for Productivity Commission to make it easier to sack employees

Businesses should be able to sack employees more easily, according to yesterday’s submission by the Ai Group to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into workplace relations. by Cara Waters

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Fair Work Ombudsman not paid record $41,182.50 fine as Melbourne gym is put into liquidation

A Melbourne-based gym ordered to pay a record fine has collapsed into liquidation and the Fair Work Ombudsman has not received the court-imposed penalty. by Andrew Sadauskas

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

What happens when you don’t co-operate with the Fair Work Ombudsman

Two New South Wales small businesses have learnt the lesson of not co-operating with the Fair Work Ombudsman the hard way. by Eloise Keating

Monday, 9 March 2015

US man faces five years in jail for complaining about his boss on Facebook

A US man is facing five years jail in the United Arab Emirates after he posted a negative Facebook status about his employer. by Kirsten Robb

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Penalty rates off the table, as small business owners plead for an overhaul of “complex” IR system

The Abbott government has confirmed a change to penalty rates or the minimum wage is not on the table, even if the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into the industrial relations system recommends deregulation. by Kirsten Robb

Aussie workers underpaid $23 million last year: What’s the cost to those doing the right thing?

Nearly 15,500 Australian workers were underpaid more than $23 million last year, as small business advocates say the majority of SMEs are paying for those who do the wrong thing. by Kirsten Robb

Unions: Part of the solution, or part of the problem?

Australian unions are now in a weaker position than during the Accord of the 1980s and early 1990s. So should they still have a role in the economy? by David Peetz
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