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News Flash: Award wages up by 3% from July 1

The Fair Work Commission has granted award-reliant workers a 3% increase, lifting the national minimum wage by $21.60 a week or 57 cents an hour in this year's annual wage review ruling.

New IR Minister Porter to clear "aspirational" path for all

Incoming IR Minister Christian Porter says he is open to meeting "serious members" of the union movement, while arguing that Australia has "soundly rejected class warfare" at the recent Federal election.



Casual leave challenge hears "it's about the contracts"

The Full Federal Court erred in the landmark Skene decision on casual employees by taking account of "post-contractual conduct" such as rosters, according to the labour hire company involved in the case.

Don't fence us in, Uber tells government inquiry

Uber has warned a Victorian on-demand workforce inquiry against "isolated state-based intervention into workplace laws", while calling for a "holistic" national approach that would allow it to better support drivers without them being deemed employees.

"Two Longs" case headed to High Court; Hanna appeal; & more

"Two Longs" case headed to High Court; Hanna to appeal document destruction finding; United Voice's "massive" penalty rates campaign; Australia Post compensation claims deliberately slowed: Investigation.

No napping when it comes to new workforces: James

Employers should pay close attention to their "extended workforce" before being forced to do so by increased regulation and public scrutiny, according to former Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James.

ETU looking to supercharge casual leave test cases

The ETU is anticipating multiple backpay claims on behalf of thousands of labour hire and FIFO workers at resource, electrical supply and construction companies across Australia as part of a new campaign seeking to challenge their classification as casuals.