An exploding secondary labour market of people who can't enforce their rights is driving down wages and bargaining power while creating a "tinder box of exploitation", unions have told this year's NSW IR Society conference.
The Federal Court has ordered a company and its director to pay substantial fines for failing to pass on more than $11,000 in parental leave payments to a cook and then concealing their actions after the FWO began asking questions.
Legislation introduced to Parliament today by the Greens would empower the FWC to make "minimum entitlements orders" to bring gig and other "non-standard" workers under the protection of the Fair Work Act.
In rejecting as "absurd" the expert evidence of a forensic accountant who calculated that Ambulance Victoria owed an on-call media officer $800,000 in unpaid entitlements, the Federal Circuit Court has instead ordered the employer to pay her $155,000, including for time spent sleeping.
An Italian consulate has failed to convince a full Federal Court that it is immune from underpayment claims pursued under Australian IR laws by two former employees who signed contracts linking their entitlements to Italian legal and industrial arrangements.
ACTU secretary Sally McManus has called for the $590 billion industry superannuation fund sector to reconsider their commercial relationships with "dodgy banks" named at the Hayne Royal Commission into the finance sector.
A health care clinic manager has failed to persuade the FWC that her HR-expert husband's representative error and the so-called "reverse synergy effect" resulting from her son’s concurrent unfair dismissal claim explained her application arriving 32 days' late.
The FWC has rejected the ACTU's bid for a new entitlement for working parents and carers to work flexible hours, but has provisionally indicated it intends to publish a model award clause that will extend the right to request flexible work to casuals with six months service and require employers to provide more explanation for refusing requests.