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Who’s gonna drive you home? Ridesharing and procedural fairness at work

Fairness is a term ingrained in the Australian workplace relations system. At the core of our federal industrial relations framework is the Fair Work Act...

What your business needs to know about the minimum wage increase

The Fair Work Commission has lifted the minimum wage by 2.4%, with Australia’s minimum wage workers now entitled to be paid $672.70 an week,...
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What has happened to collective bargaining since the end of WorkChoices?

Mark Bray, University of Newcastle and Johanna Macneil, University of Newcastle The Rudd government came to power in 2007 with a mandate for industrial relations...
Fair Work giving employers and workers “different answers” on pay and conditions: Eric Abetz

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,...
Business groups warn against transferable long service leave entitlements

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

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

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

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

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

  Small businesses will be able to offer workers statutory employment contracts that combine elements of enterprise bargaining with individual agreements if the federal...
Productivity Commission backs penalty rate cut and unfair dismissal reform

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...
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