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Introduce laws to restore penalty rates: Inquiry

A Victorian parliamentary inquiry has called for a legislated roll-back of cuts to penalty rates in the retail, hospitality and pharmacy industries, rather than a process of take-home pay orders issued by the Fair Work Commission.

Money-change business switched awards to cut penalties: FSU

The FSU has asked the Federal Court to rule that a global currency exchange company is covered by the banking, finance and insurance award, claiming it shifted to the retail award after the recent reduction in penalty rates.

Bid to cut severance pay not "industrial fair play"

The FWC has chastised an employer for failing to abide by "industrial fair play" when it neglected to tell a worker it would seek to slash his redundancy payment if he didn't accept an alternative role.

Unions seeking to axe pre-strike ballots

Protected action should be available to workers without the need for a secret ballot, according to the draft IR policy to be put to the ACTU's triennial Congress next week.

BHP drawn into big Australian class action

Two landmark class actions allege that a BHP Billiton subsidiary induced two labour hire companies to unlawfully engage hundreds of coal mineworkers as casuals and pay them less than the industry award.

Minimum wage ruling tomorrow

The Fair Work Commission will hand down the 2018 minimum wage review decision at 11am tomorrow, after the ACTU pushed for a substantial rise as a step towards its goal to lift the safety net to 60% of median earnings.

Court jails contemptuous underpaying employer

An underpaying employer has spent a night in prison before winning a stay on a 12-month jail term imposed for defying a court order that froze his assets.

Casuals get more flexibility; Wages "stable": RBA; & more

Provisional award clause grants more flexibility to casuals; Wages growth stuck in slow lane, says RBA; HR manager not unfairly sacked for complaints to CEO: Court; Inequality on rise as technology advances, says IMF.

Unregistered union defends status in opposing award changes

The Retail and Fast Food Workers Union says it will not be pressured into applying for registration until it is ready, as the Australian Industry Group seeks to constrain its challenge to a proposed relaxation of part-time provisions in the four-yearly review of the Fast Food Industry Award.

FWC imposes stringent conditions on employer's legal representation

A senior FWC member has approved an employer's request for legal representation in a dismissal case, but not before requiring hearings be conducted in private, that he be free to provide "appropriate" guidance to the unrepresented former worker, and that he retain the power to revoke permission if the lawyer complicates proceedings.