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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.

Analysis proves $50 rise boosts jobs: ACTU

The ACTU will today release economic modelling to bolster its argument that a $50-a-week increase in the minimum wage would be a job creator rather than a job destroyer, as claimed by employer groups.

Redundant geoscientist to return to FWC after alternative role unearthed

A geoscientist made redundant after almost two decades with the same company has been given a second chance to argue he was unfairly dismissed after a full bench found his former employer potentially led a Commission member into error when asserting there were no alternative positions available.

Better reasons needed for flexible work vetos, under FWC proposal

The FWC has rejected the ACTU's bid for a new entitlement for working parents and carers to work flexible hours, but has provisionally indicated it intends to publish a model award clause that will extend the right to request flexible work to casuals with six months service and require employers to provide more explanation for refusing requests.

Domino's abandons bargaining, plumps for award

In a move that underlines corporate Australia's flight from enterprise bargaining, Domino's Pizza Enterprises has withdrawn from its proposed workplace agreement and will now stick with the fast food award.

AiG seeks nip and tuck for hair and beauty penalty rates

Hair and beauty industry employers are seeking in a submission lodged today that the FWC cut Sunday and public holiday penalty rates by a similar amount to the reductions ordered for retail and pharmacy sectors in last year’s landmark ruling.

Peak employer group calls for sub-2% rise

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has called for this year's minimum wage increase to be no higher than 1.9% or about $13.20 a week, after taking into account the impact on small and regional businesses.

Bench rejects union public holiday claim

An FWC full bench has refused to vary six retail awards to give workers an extra day's pay or a day off when public holidays fall their on non-working days, but has found insufficient evidence to establish an employer claim that it would have cost businesses up to $267 million a year.

Caltex failed to heed warnings: FWO

An FWO report released hot on the heels of Caltex's announcement that it will exit franchising has revealed non-compliance at 76% of audited sites and accuses the oil giant of contributing to breaches by failing to put effective systems in place, despite warnings.