A non-union deal that encourages employees to cash out annual leave and requires them to pay half of dispute mediation costs fails the Workplace Relations Act's no disadvantage test, a full bench of the IRC has found.
Long distance transport companies have won a two-month reprieve from an IRC decision to scrap the hourly-rate benchmark for enterprise agreements and rely instead on a much higher cents-per-kilometre rate.
NSW Premier Bob Carr has asked Prime Minister John Howard to legislate to reverse the recent Federal Court decision that a drug addiction could constitute a disability under the Disability Discrimination Act
Workplace Relations Minister Peter Reith has this morning reintroduced his bill that exempts small businesses from unfair dismissal laws and provides a statutory six-month probation period, but the legislation is certain to again be defeated.
Pay increases in September quarter private sector enterprise agreements grew only slightly to 3.9% a year (up from 3.8% the previous quarter), while increases in public sector deals rocketed to 4.3% a year (up from 3%).
A security officer who claims he was discriminated against when other employees presumed he was homosexual has been allowed to proceed with his complaint, after a NSW tribunal dismissed his employer's attempt to have it struck out.