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Study reveals horticulture's slim pickings

A new McKell Institute report recommends that the Morrison Government implement a national labour-hire licensing scheme, remove entry barriers to enable inspections by unions and redesign the visa system to curb widespread exploitation and wage theft in fruit-picking.

Porter favouring "flex-up" extra hours provisions for key awards

IR Minister Christian Porter has flagged that he is looking to change key awards so that permanent part-time employees can agree to work extra hours at their usual rates of pay as required, leading to less reliance on casual work.


NSW pushes for national paid DV leave entitlement

NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman has urged the Morrison Government to follow the State public sector's lead and introduce 10 days' paid domestic and family violence leave for all workers.

"Fatigue" blamed as employers fail to close equity gap

With the WGEA blaming "gender equality fatigue" for a substantial drop in employers taking action on pay equity, new research suggests "tired" managers' lack of understanding and ownership is impeding their ability to drive change.

No accord on awards after IR roundtables

An internal ACTU report says that employers and unions involved in the Morrison Government's IR working groups ended up at loggerheads over proposals to overhaul the award system, but found common cause on using shared data on award pay rates and entitlements.


JobKeeper saved "at least" 700,000 jobs: RBA

The JobKeeper program kept "at least" 700,000 workers from joining the ranks of the unemployed in its initial months, according to a new RBA report.


Criminal cartel case against CFMMEU starting in February

The ACCC's landmark criminal cartel case against the CFMMEU and its construction and general division ACT branch secretary, Jason O'Mara, has been set down for a two-week committal hearing starting in mid-February, while the regulator has secured anti-price-fixing undertakings from roofing contractors it caught out on Facebook.