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Push for national paid domestic violence leave stalls at COAG

The Turnbull Government has been lambasted by the ACTU and state premiers after rejecting the push at today's COAG meeting for all modern awards to include paid domestic violence leave, Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk decrying it as a "missed opportunity".

ABCC Bill not just about unions: Xenophon

Key crossbench senator Nick Xenophon will push for a security of payments working group in return for supporting the Turnbull Government's legislation to re-establish the ABCC.

Minister confirms 17 FWC staff to transfer to ROC

A Registered Organisations Commission with ASIC-style powers and penalties will be established within the FWO, using transferring FWC staff, after the Coalition won crucial support from crossbench senators in exchange for greater protection for whistleblowers.

Cash ready to intervene in CFA deal approval

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash will intervene before the Fair Work Commission if any attempt is made to seek FWC approval of the new enterprise agreement for Victoria's Country Fire Authority.


Coalition tightens conditions for skilled visa-holders

The Turnbull Government has tightened the rules for temporary skilled workers, cutting the time that Subclass 457 visa holders can remain in Australia after their employment ceases from 90 days to 60.

Code can trigger re-negotiation of construction major's deal

Lendlease has struck a new multi-state enterprise agreement with the CFMEU that will deliver pay rises of 20% over four years and provides for a new deal to be negotiated if the Turnbull Government's 2014 construction code takes effect.

Queensland to outlaw 100% FIFO mines

Queensland's Palaszczuk Government has introduced legislation to ban large new resource projects from engaging a 100% fly-in, fly-out workforce.