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Memo reveals behind-the-scenes battle before Watson exit

Former FWC vice president Graeme Watson refused to share with other members of a full bench the conclusion of his decision on the ACTU's domestic violence clause claim, an internal memo released by the tribunal's president has revealed.

Court decides whether worker a priest or a cook

After what the FWO says is the first judicial review of one of its compliance notices, the Federal Circuit Court has found that a cook engaged at a Hindu temple was underpaid because he was wrongly classified as a priest under his employment contract.

Transport award a better BOOT fit for mine haulage drivers

The CFMEU is considering whether to appeal an FWC ruling that it is not entitled to cover drivers using a public road to haul coal from a mine, after it failed to convince the tribunal that an agreement should have been compared to a mining award for the purposes of the BOOT.



Effects of weekend penalty rate cut not felt mainly by students: Study

New university research presented at an IR academics conference in Canberra debunks the notion that reducing weekend penalty rates in the retail sector would mainly affect student workers who don't rely on the income to the same extent as other employees.


PM calls for multi-year penalties phase-in

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull wants the Fair Work Commission to phase-in the planned cuts to some Sunday penalty rates over a period of years, to ensure that workers' take-home pay is protected, while the tribunal has timetabled the next stage of the penalties case.


Cash rallying employers to take up defence of penalty rate cuts

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash is trying to drum up public support from business and employer groups for the Fair Work Commission's landmark decision to cut Sunday penalty rates for some retail and hospitality workers.