Virgin Australia's goal of promptly securing agreements with unions for its downsized rebirth faces a new hurdle after the resignation today of chief executive Paul Scurrah, while Qantas has confirmed it has filed its challenge to the recent Federal Court JobKeeper ruling.
A UK proposal to cap wages at £100,000 ($180,000) to finance low- and middle-income-earners' increases is not the best way to redistribute incomes and lift living standards, according to the Centre for Future Work, which says that targeting soaring corporate profits is "more powerful".
Qantas is considering a challenge to a Federal Court interpretation today of JobKeeper payment rules that will require it to backpay employees who received penalty rates in arrears while covered by the wage subsidy scheme.
Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker says the number of large corporations under investigation for underpayment has risen to 70, forcing the agency to redeploy staff while also having to deal with a spike in inquiries due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Federal Government has today made regulations that IR Minister Christian Porter says will clarify the operation of the temporary IR flexibilities available to employers under the legislation extending Jobkeeper for six months beyond September 28.
The Morrison Government has eased the eligibility thresholds for businesses and employees to qualify for the JobKeeper wage subsidy program, largely due to the Victorian coronavirus outbreak that has shut down large parts of the State's economy.