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Productivity Commission suggestions show "grave misunderstanding" of FWC, says Boulton

The Productivity Commission's push for Fair Work Commission members to be appointed for five year terms and to include more non-lawyers is based on a "grave misunderstanding" of the Commission's functions and jurisdiction and will affect the "standing of the body", according to recently retired Senior Deputy President Alan Boulton AO.




FWC review of penalty rates to start

An FWC full bench will this week set the schedule for its penalty rates review as part of its four-yearly review of modern awards.

Modern awards review greenlights accident make-up pay

A FWC full bench today agreed to include accident make-up pay in a number of modern awards as part of its four-yearly review and will provide employers with a seven-day window to make submissions on union proposals for an entitlement of up to 104 weeks of make-up pay.

FWC should redefine "unsociable hours" for digital age: BCA

Awards should be limited to one per industry, with the FWC establishing a "new definition for unsociable hours" for each of them and determining "economy-wide" penalty rates, Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott has told a Sydney University gathering.


Employers say weekend workers "opting-in"

The employer push for lower penalty rates in the Fair Work Commission includes expert evidence that most weekend workers have no problem or only minor problems with performing their duties on Saturdays and Sundays.