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Correct "power imbalance" in greenfields deals, urges Ai Group

Employers are urging the Morrison Government to let greenfields and non-greenfields deals span the full life of major projects, without requiring them to reflect prevailing industry conditions, while legal experts say project owners and developers should be able to make them.

New pay rules looming for lawyers, clerks

New rules for recording the working hours of junior lawyers and paralegals are set to take effect from March, despite protests from major law firms, while up to a million clerical employees are set to be subject to similar provisions.



FWC refuses to backdate axing of McDonald's deal

The SDA and RAFFWU are warning part-time McDonald's workers against signing new contracts that reduce their shift hours or switching to casual employment before transitioning to the award, after the FWC last month granted their rival bids to terminate the 2013 agreement.

Latest Aerocare deal fails BOOT as award reversion looms

The FWC has again thwarted major aviation services company Aerocare's long quest to replace its now-terminated 2012 agreement, finding that an updated 2018 deal still failed the BOOT despite attempts to allay split-shift concerns.

Bench quashes pre-undertakings deal approval

An FWC presidential member had no power to approve an agreement before he received written undertakings to satisfy the BOOT, a full bench has found in a ruling in which it also uncovered incorrect claims by the employer that employees would not be worse off.

Merivale class action targets "zombie" deal

A class action law firm claims an underpayments case on behalf of an estimated 8200 current and former hospitality workers reveals a widespread problem of employers relying on pre-Fair Work "zombie agreements" to undercut the award

BHP Coal required unreasonable overtime: Court

The Federal Court has held that a BMA coal loading facility breached a reasonable overtime clause in its enterprise agreement by requiring workers to perform more than eight additional hours per week.

Undertakings soar over genuine agreement hurdle: FWC

In a decision affirming the FWC's expanded ability to use undertakings to approve agreements, a controversial non-union power industry deal made with a handful of employees has been rubber-stamped despite concerns about how it was explained to those it covers.