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Lawler takes Cash to Federal Court; and more

Lawler takes on Cash; Perpetrators not entitled to domestic violence leave, says ACTU; PC floats new approach to allocating default super funds; and FWC president refuses to re-open crucial labour hire ruling.

PC to conduct five-yearly "productivity performance" inquiries

The Federal Government has asked the Productivity Commission to conduct the first of a series of five-yearly inquiries into the nation's productivity performance, but the ACTU says the initiative ignores the "real problems" faced by workers.

Don't re-open casuals case, says AMWU; and more

AMWU urges full bench to reject bid to re-open casual service case; FWC dismisses claim by "bullied" manager who didn’t appear; Wages might be on the rise, says RBA; and Training obligations should continue for 457 visa sponsors.


Private sector wage growth hits new sub-2% low

Growth in rates of pay excluding bonuses are now firmly below 2% for the first time since the ABS began compiling the Wage Price Index nearly 20 years ago.

Law firm flags crackdown on exploitation and supply chains

In its annual review of the IR landscape, a major employment law firm concedes that while the Turnbull Government's workplace reform agenda may not be fully enacted in this parliamentary term, plans to crack down on worker exploitation have a good prospect of success.

Weakest CPI in 17 years ahead of FWC wages review

A leading economist has warned Australia is in a "self-fulfilling cycle" of low productivity and wages growth after today's CPI figures showed year-on-year inflation almost flatlining at just 1%.

Top 200 more active on gender pay inequity, but have bigger gaps

ASX 200 organisations are "pro-active" in addressing gender-based pay inequity and more likely than smaller companies to address gender pay gaps but they still have a higher pay differential and a fewer women in leadership roles, according to a new WGEA report.