A new report commissioned by Australia's largest general insurance company has sounded the alarm on the increasing number of independent contractors who are missing out on workers' compensation, income protection, leave, superannuation and other entitlements enjoyed by employees.
Queensland's Palaszczuk Government is seeking submissions on a proposed six-hour Christmas Eve public holiday, with employers arguing that it will make the State's businesses less competitive than their interstate and overseas competitors.
The TWU will throw its weight behind a global campaign aimed at disrupting Uber's anticipated public float next year by drawing attention to the company's regulatory battles and persistent concerns about the gig economy model.
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.
An FWO report released hot on the heels of Caltex's announcement that it will exit franchising has revealed non-compliance at 76% of audited sites and accuses the oil giant of contributing to breaches by failing to put effective systems in place, despite warnings.
The FWC is seeking feedback by the end of this month on model terms for unpaid family and domestic violence leave in modern awards and whether the proposed entitlement should be extended to perpetrators, while it is giving parties more time to reply to a report on family-friendly work arrangements.
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.