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Poorly-targeted minimum wage rises discouraging bargaining: Coalition

The Abbott Government says workers who are not low paid are cornering the lion’s share of rises from the annual minimum wage review, as it seeks to champion increases achieved through enterprise bargaining rather than adjustments to award rates.

Minimum wage increases have to be modest, FWC hears

Conservative state governments and employer groups have warned the Fair Work Commission that this year's increase in minimum wages needs to be modest to avoid hurting employment.

Government warns public servants to expect low pay rises

The Coalition has warned public servants there will be "minimal capacity for wage increases" in bargaining to replace 114 enterprise agreements covering 165,000 employees that are due to expire on June 30.

FWC scraps junior rates for 20-year-old retail workers

In a significant decision, a Fair Work Commission full bench has agreed to scrap the 90% rate for 20-year-old retail workers, holding they should receive full adult pay after six months with an employer.

Pay rises remain moderate in private sector agreements

Private sector agreements approved in the December quarter provided average pay rises of 3.6% a year, slightly up on the 3.5% annual increase recorded in the September quarter, according to Department of Employment data released today.

Victoria might seek to halt ambos' action; RBA says wages "subdued"; & more

Victoria will seek to terminate ambulance action that affects community safety; RBA says wages subdued; WPI growing at slowest recorded pace; Discipline policy overrides custom: decision upheld; Up to $7 trillion of super could fund infrastructure growth by 2030: report shows; Vale Kathrine (Kath) Nelson; and Correction to article about WA minister.

Director partly successful in AWA accessory appeal

In another chapter of a long-running case involving a botched attempt to lodge AWAs, a former company director will have the penalty for her role in short-changing 33 call centre workers reduced after the Federal Court cut in half the period in which she was liable as an accessory to her company's breaches.

Abetz asks FWC equal pay bench to focus on legislative "text"

The Federal Government is urging the Fair Work Commission not to be "distracted by" the former Labor Government's broader pay equity principles when assessing an equal remuneration application for childcare workers.

Jetstar ignored warnings against unlawful deductions: Court

Jetstar unlawfully deducted training costs from the wages of cadet pilots, despite warnings against doing so from its external IR consultant and its head of flying operations, the Federal Court has revealed in a penalty judgment today.

Gender equality reporting system "easier, quicker" than old regime: Director

The Workplace Gender Equality Agency says the new mandatory reports that employers of 100-plus employees must submit on April 1 next year will be "significantly easier and quicker to complete" than those under the previous regime. Meanwhile, the WGEA is relaunching its employer of choice accreditation scheme.