The federal government is planning to end what it claims is "double-dipping" when 20,000 working parents each year receive their full paid parental leave entitlements from both their employer and the public purse, but leading IR academics say the two payments are intended to be complementary.
The Queensland Labor Government has earmarked the IR reforms it took to the recent state election as a legislative priority and announced a wide-ranging review of the state's IR system by an employer-free panel.
The Senate committee inquiring into the federal government's bargaining bill has handed down a report free of any recommendations to improve it, with Coalition senators wanting it passed without amendment and Labor and the Greens calling for its rejection.
NSW Labor will introduce new protections for women who are pregnant or on family-related leave, regulate employee surveillance outside of work, and reverse many of the Coalition's changes to public sector employment if elected on March 28.
The NZ Labour Party has today announced a two-year commission into the future of work, whose brief will include tackling insecure employment and the job losses and opportunities from technological change.
Confirming this afternoon that he will run against ACTU secretary Dave Oliver at the peak body's May Congress, assistant secretary Tim Lyons said that unions needed to stop defining themselves by what they opposed and become the champion of the nation's working people.
In a move that the government has dismissed as a political stunt, the ACTU has told Employment Minister Eric Abetz he should suspend his IR legislative agenda for at least a year to enable the Heydon trade union inquiry and the Productivity Commission Fair Work Act review to run their course.