Sydney University Emeritus Professor of Law, Ron McCallum, says that if the Coalition's policy for an appeal mechanism for Fair Work Commission decisions involves a new body with new appointments, it's not a good idea, but has backed its proposal for a filtering regulator for bullying claims.
The Fair Work Commission has asked participants in this year's annual wage review to comment on a media article on the Australian wage-productivity growth gap and the UK Low Pay Commission's 2013 report, as part of a new initiative ahead of next week's consultations in Sydney and Melbourne.
The Federal Circuit Court has taken account of "misleading" media releases issued by the Fair Work Ombudsman in assessing penalties for a company and its director who underpaid a casual employee more than $19,000.
A senior advertising executive has been awarded $268,000 in damages after the NSW Supreme Court found that his former employer, the Campaign Palace, had hoped he would "go quietly" when he realised that a new senior executive had been hired to effectively take over his role and responsibilities.
The Coalition's proposal to "consider creating" an independent appeal jurisdiction for Fair Work Commission decisions and a Productivity Commission review into the Fair Work Act are likely to have a long lasting effect on the IR landscape, according to Adelaide University's Professor Andrew Stewart.
Qantas's 1200 aircraft maintenance workers have started voting on a deal with the AMWU, AWU and ETU that the unions claim delivers average pay rises of 4.9% over its four-year term and new career opportunities for employees, but which rival aviation union the ALAEA slams as "benefiting only Qantas".
The Coalition will initiate a Productivity Commission review of the Fair Work laws; turn back the clock on right of entry; introduce more hurdles to protected action; amend greenfields bargaining; consider creating an independent appeal jurisdiction for FWC decisions; establish a registered organisations watchdog; abolish the FWBC; and "urgently" review the transport tribunal's future; it announced today.