The ROC in its annual report has recorded a significant improvement in registered organisations' compliance with financial reporting requirements, early success with new remuneration disclosures and near perfect adherence to deadlines, after it sent more than 1550 reminders and alerts.
With the advent of a stronger private sector whistleblower regime expected to increase disclosures and leave employers facing a "big stick" if they fail to protect those lifting the lid on suspected wrongdoing, IR practitioners have heard that it is time to get their policies in order.
In a year in which it recovered more than $40 million for underpaid workers, the FWO has revealed in its annual report that more than 80% of its new litigation involves migrant workers, while the hospitality industry retains the gong for recording the highest number of disputes.
General protections claims – attractive to employees because of their uncapped compensation – reached a record high in 2018-19 of more than 5600 after two years of substantial growth, according to the FWC's annual report.
Now that the Morrison Government has decided to extend the maximum terms of greenfields agreements for major projects, employers say the principle should apply more widely to non-greenfields agreements covering subcontractors on such jobs.
An FWC full bench has rejected IR Minister Christian Porter's bid to review an already-approved agreement on the basis that it contains discriminatory terms, while it has allowed changes "entirely disposing" of any lingering ambiguities.