In submissions made to the 2019-20 Annual Wage Review, employer groups have argued for no increase to minimum wages while unions have asked for a 4% increase from July 2020.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has described Australia’s industrial relations system as not fit-for-purpose, retreating to tribalism, conflict and ideological posturing.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced the Ekka public holiday designated for the Brisbane City Council area will be rescheduled from Wednesday, 12 August to Friday, 14 August for 2020.Continue reading “Change to Ekka Public Holiday”
A full Federal Court has ruled against labour hire company, WorkPac, finding that a ‘casual’ black coal mining employee was not a casual employee and therefore entitled to be paid for leave taken during his employment. The decision follows a similar case (Skene) of 2018, also involving WorkPac, which caused significant concerns among employers.
The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has handed down the first decision dealing with a dispute in relation to JobKeeper with the decision going against the worker.
A meatworker who took a can of coke from a vending machine that was left open has won his unfair dismissal claim after the Fair Work Commission (FWC) found his unblemished service, remorse, and past experience of losing money to the machine meant his summary dismissal was unfair.
The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has received more than 200 JobKeeper dispute applications over the past few weeks as workplaces grapple with changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 that occurred in early April. See related article here.
On 8 April, the Morrison Government tabled the Coronavirus Economic Response Package Omnibus (Measures No. 2) Bill 2020 which includes changes to the Fair Work Act to facilitate the JobKeeper scheme. The legislation was subsequently passed by Parliament the same day in a late-night sitting of the Senate.
IR Minister Christian Porter has offered an explanation of changes being proposed to the Fair Work Act to facilitate the Morrison Government’s JobKeeper wage subsidy. In a doorstop on 6 April, the Minister said:
On 1 April, a Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) issued a statement identifying its intent to vary over 100 Modern Awards on its own initiative. The provisional view of the Full Bench was that, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Modern Awards should be varied as a matter of urgency to provide a majority of award-covered employees with access to two weeks unpaid “pandemic leave” and to permit annual leave to be taken at half-pay, by mutual agreement.Continue reading “FWC approves unpaid pandemic leave & annual leave at half pay for Modern Awards”
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