Master Builders Australia has argued that the Abbott Government should extend the prohibition of unlawful industrial action to union officials in its ABCC legislation, while unions have blasted the Bill's retrospective operation, in submissions to the Senate Education and Employment Committee.
The Coalition is likely to make a submission on the childcare equal pay case currently before the Fair Work Commission and has privately invited some stakeholders for input on the terms of reference for the Productivity Commission's IR inquiry, a Senate Estimates committee has heard.
A 64-year-old engineer who claims her employer took unlawful adverse action when it sacked her because of her absence on sick leave and her age has failed in a Federal Court bid to temporarily halt her dismissal.
Queensland's parliament has passed IR laws that introduce NES-style minimum standards, an award modernisation process and fixed bargaining conciliation and arbitration timeframes, but which unions and Labor describe as "Work Choices for Queensland".
Changing the pensionable age to 70 would have a significant influence on employer and employee ideas about the age people "should" retire and could reduce discrimination against older workers, according to a Productivity Commission report criticised by the ACTU but welcomed by business.
The construction sector watchdog has dropped sham contracting and wage and entitlement breaches from its investigations focus, with its new director telling Senate Estimates hearings in Canberra yesterday that it was returning to "core business".
An effective, regulatory authority similar to the Fair Work Ombudsman to handle discrimination matters would help enforce and develop workplace harassment laws, according to a Melbourne labour law academic.
A former director has failed to convince the Federal Circuit Court that a rarely-used statutory criminal offence provision in the Fair Work Act enabled him to pursue a private right of action, but the court has left the door open for him to resume his damages claim.
Employment Minister Eric Abetz has cited three 2010 rulings to support his claim of inconsistent decision-making by the Fair Work Commission – the Coalition's main justification for considering introducing a new appeals jurisdiction.