A gender equity expert is questioning whether Australia's IR laws are capable of supporting equal pay orders that extend beyond minimum rates, after the FWC rejected an equal remuneration claim for early childhood teachers but flagged a possible work value rise.
The Department of Home Affairs has failed to convince the FWC it was not obliged to consult workers before introducing new policies governing social media use, interactions with children and a dress code deeming sleeveless clothing "unsuitable".
A discussion paper on the casual terms award review raises 32 questions for parties to answer in their submissions, including whether common clauses prescribing minimum payments and engagement periods are within its ambit, ahead of a conference this week and hearings slated for mid-June.
The IEU says an FWC full bench is supporting pay rises of up to 10% for early childhood teachers in a decision that finds an increase is justified on work value grounds but seeks more submissions on the capacity of state and federal governments to help fund it.
The Menulog food delivery business will apply to the FWC for a new modern award covering the on-demand industry, as part of a landmark decision to take the first step toward an employment model based on minimum wages and conditions.
An IR consultant says a FWC decision ordering his client back to the bargaining table will have a chilling effect by confirming the "Hotel California" nature of a bargaining system in which once employers check in, "they can never leave".
The High Court has today unanimously rejected "robo-terminal" VICT's argument that the MUA abused lower court processes when it used delegate Richard Lunt as a "front man" for its belated bid to overturn approval of the company's enterprise agreement.