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Employers embrace expansive loaded rates agenda

The Australian Hotels Association has proposed ahead of further conferences next week in the loaded rates case that the FWC extend the range of ordinary working hours when it considers simplified pay arrangements for the hospitality and retail sectors.

Single loaded rate unlikely, says FWC president

If the FWC incorporates loaded rates in hospitality and retail awards after a referral from IR Minister Christian Porter, it is likely to involve a range of such rates rather than a single one, the tribunal's president indicated in a statement today.

AWU seeks to axe horticulture pieceworker "loophole"

The AWU is seeking to delete a decade-old pieceworker provision in the horticulture award that it claims leaves affected workers with no safety net and substandard rates of pay.

Ross responds to Porter's loaded rates request

FWC President Iain Ross has agreed to consider IR Minister Christian Porter's request that he insert loaded rates into awards for "distressed" industries and will convene initial conferences next week.


Virgin goes direct to pilots, after union talks fail

Virgin Australia will unilaterally seek support from its flight crew for a new enterprise deal, after failing to secure backing from its two pilot unions, while agreements for the remainder of the workforce have received the blessing of unions as the best they could achieve to get the relaunched airline back aloft.

Pay pause for most at Virgin 2.0

A majority of workers at the revamped Virgin Australia have agreed to a pay freeze for up to two years under new enterprise agreements negotiated between aviation unions and the airline's management.

Labour costs plunge, working hours recover: ABS

Labour costs have now dropped by more than 9% in the past year, while working hours have started to recover, according to ABS statistics released this morning that measure more than six months of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

WFH needs structure and guidance from employer policies: Study

Working from home is here to stay and will be "more effective for all" if it is supported by formal policies, hours are "relatively fixed hours" and it is voluntary, according to one of two university studies commissioned by the FWC as it considers inserting a WFH clause in the clerks award.

Judge declines recusal request as employer appeal dismissed

A full Federal Court has confirmed that 150 workers were entitled to be paid for the 20-minute bus ride to a major energy project's security gate at the end of each shift, after one of the judges rejected a request to recuse himself because he had acted for the employer during negotiations for the deal at the heart of the dispute.