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WA's IR overhaul goes before Parliament

Western Australia's McGowan Labor Government has unveiled an overhaul of the State industrial relations system, which includes increasing penalties for non-compliance to align with the federal system.

Victoria's new wage theft laws "a waste of money": Porter

Federal IR Minister Christian Porter has described as "ill-conceived" yesterday's passage through Victorian Parliament of a law creating a criminal offence for deliberate underpayment of wages and establishing a state-based wage inspectorate with wide investigative powers.

Union abandons reg challenge; Delay wage theft law: AiG; & more

Court finding on notice period change shredded; Call to halt wage theft law until working party concludes; Industry super paper concedes employees might bear costs of super rises; and $15K for academic in "labyrinthine" case.

Porter to restore seven-day access period

The Morrison Government is set to withdraw a regulation that cut the minimum notice period that employers have to give employees of proposed changes to enterprise agreements from seven days to one day.

Call for more voices on slavery advisory body

The Morrison Government's expert advisory group on modern slavery is too top-heavy with big business representatives, according to human rights groups, churches, academics and unions.

FWC decision offers guidance on stand-downs

In a significant decision examining how employers can lawfully assess "useful work" when standing down employees, the FWC has ruled a pandemic-affected cruise operator acted "upon proper principles" when transferring some of a superintendent's duties to others.

New class action laws won't inhibit us, says Adero

The law firm behind multiple class actions pursuing unpaid leave entitlements of potentially misclassified casuals says it does not expect new litigation funding laws to interrupt its current or future cases.


Qantas JobKeeper appeal thrown out

Qantas has failed in its challenge to FWC powers to review how it applied the JobKeeper scheme to a worker claiming he was short-changed, a full bench finding among other reasons that the airline's characterisation of the dispute was "somewhat artificial".