A full bench of the federal court has confirmed that terms in modern awards that provide allowances for hardships experienced by employees working in certain remote locations are not extinguished by the Fair Work Act.
With the penalty rates review set to kick off next week, Justice Iain Ross today released a statement containing objections from both unions and employer groups to certain lay and expert evidence in the hospitality sector.
The Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal has today handed down its first major ruling on payments, which proposes to set minimum pay rates for truck drivers distributing goods for the major retail chains and in long distance work.
A FWC full bench today agreed to include accident make-up pay in a number of modern awards as part of its four-yearly review and will provide employers with a seven-day window to make submissions on union proposals for an entitlement of up to 104 weeks of make-up pay.
Awards should be limited to one per industry, with the FWC establishing a "new definition for unsociable hours" for each of them and determining "economy-wide" penalty rates, Business Council chief executive Jennifer Westacott has told a Sydney University gathering.
The employer push for lower penalty rates in the Fair Work Commission includes expert evidence that most weekend workers have no problem or only minor problems with performing their duties on Saturdays and Sundays.