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Friday, 23 January 2015

Productivity Commission’s IR inquiry: Five things that will affect your business

Details about the Productivity Commission review into the workplace relations system were leaked yesterday, including possible changes to the minimum wage. by Eloise Keating

Thursday, 22 January 2015

“Those bastards”: Small business owner hits back at Fair Work over claims he paid staff just $1.35 an hour

A Tasmanian small business owner has hit back at the Fair Work Ombudsman after it started legal proceedings claiming he paid an employee just $1.35 an hour. by Cara Waters

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Productivity Commission paper expected to canvas greater flexibility for hiring independent contractors

Laws regulating the hiring of independent contractors may come under scrutiny in a Productivity Commission paper to be released tomorrow. by Kirsten Robb

Friday, 16 January 2015

Fair Work gives fastening manufacturer all-clear to sack worker in “impossible situation” of staff feud

A feud between two employees has led to the Fair Work Commission ruling that Bremick Fasteners was put in an “impossible situation” when it came to sacking one of its workers. by Kirsten Robb

Monday, 5 January 2015

SMEs in the spotlight as Productivity Commission workplace relations inquiry terms of reference released

The Productivity Commission has been given less than 12 months to conduct its far-reaching inquiry into Australia’s workplace relations system. by Eloise Keating

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
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