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Government rejects law changes prompted by penalty rate decision

The Federal Government has sidestepped an "irregular" question from the Fair Work Commission about whether it planned to change the Fair Work Act to enable the tribunal to make take-home pay orders in cases like the landmark penalty rates review.

United Voice to seek judicial review of penalty rates ruling

Business groups have told the FWC that it is prohibited from varying or revoking its decision to cut Sunday and public holiday penalty rates and have slammed United Voice over its call for the case to be immediately concluded so that it can launch a judicial review.


Penalty rates terminology change could apply to all awards

As the FWC calls for submissions on an employer bid to ditch the term "penalty rates" and replace it with "additional remuneration", a senior union-clientele lawyer is warning of a "slippery slope" if recognition of a need to compensate those working unsociable hours is removed.

Ross calls for Coalition to reveal position on penalties transition

The FWC has asked the Turnbull Government to clarify whether it intends to amend the Fair Work Act to enable the tribunal to make take home pay orders to potentially mitigate hardship flowing from its decision to cut hospitality and retail workers' penalty rates, and is seeking further submissions on transitional arrangements.

Federal Court to decide whether BOOT on state or federal footing

A full Federal Court will in August hear an application from Queensland employers facing millions of dollars in backpay claims following a full FWC bench decision that apprentices' pay should be measured against the more generous federal award rather than the state award when conducting the BOOT.

Penalty rate cuts in a spin after series of backflips

Two important minor parties – the Nick Xenophon Team and Pauline Hanson's One Nation – have reversed their support for cutting penalty rates in the retail and hospitality sectors.

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.