The Federal Circuit Court has fined a former 7-Eleven operator more than $154,000 for using a cash-back scheme to circumvent a biometric payroll system introduced by head office to stamp out underpayments.
Thousands of retail and hospitality workers sitting on lower-paying "zombie" deals will revert to their respective awards from early March after the FWC terminated a 2007 agreement for Justin Hemmes' Merivale hospitality company and a 2011 Specialty Fashion Group deal.
The FWC is seeking submissions on some increases in the work value of pharmacists identified in its four-yearly award review, but Professionals Australia has slammed the tribunal's rejection of its signal bid to bump by more than a third the pay of those with accreditation.
The FWC will no longer be required to conduct four-yearly reviews of modern awards, while being given powers to approve enterprise agreements despite minor procedural or technical errors, under long-delayed legislation passed by the Federal Parliament last night.
The IEU is seeking increases to the teachers' modern award that would lift rates by up to $23,000 a year or a flat 25%, this week telling the FWC that its work value claim on behalf of early childhood teachers cannot wait until the next four-yearly review.
A new model award term requiring employers to make a genuine attempt to reach agreement on requests for flexible work arrangements and provide detailed reasons for refusals is to come into effect on December 1.
As the FSU and Travel Money Oz head to conciliation next Thursday over claims that the currency exchange business owes workers for unpaid overtime including attendance at "buzz nights", the parties are already at loggerheads over award coverage.
The FWC has tossed out a new deal put forward by a "sophisticated industrial player" after finding it failed to spell out to four long-term workers the numerous terms that fell short of the industry award.