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Employers say weekend workers "opting-in"

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.


Bench preserves existing TOIL overtime rate-friendly awards

A FWC full bench has refused an AiG bid to delete provisions for time-off-in-lieu (TOIL) and make-up pay at overtime rates from 10 modern awards, but has proposed a new model TOIL term for all modern awards that don't have one.

Take another look at safety net, court tells tribunal

Concerns that employees could be left without award coverage if an FWC full bench refused a modern enterprise award bid should have given a "sharper edge" to its consideration of safety net obligations, a full Federal Court has ruled.


FWC axes AWU-Cleanevent "sweetheart" deal

The Fair Work Commission has terminated a Work Choices agreement between the AWU and a Spotless subsidiary that saved the employer about $2 million a year in wages and penalty rates.

FWC to provide award right to cash-out annual leave

A FWC full bench has today acceded to employer requests to change annual leave provisions in modern awards to enable cashing-out of up to two weeks a year and give employers a qualified power to require employees to take "excessive" accruals.


War breaks out between shop and meat unions

Tensions over the new national agreement covering Coles supermarkets has boiled over into angry public exchanges between officials from the SDA and the meatworkers' union.