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THE coalition has flagged changes to the fair dismissal code for small businesses. Opposition small business spokesman Bruce Billson said a lot of the workplace relations framework under the Fair Work Act was "impenetrable" for small business owners.
Fair Work Australia has upheld a decision prohibiting a state-owned energy company from conducting urine tests on its employees, agreeing that it is "unjust and unreasonable" to effectively test for drug use that may take place outside work hours.
Separately, in a speech in Sydney, Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said a total of around 2,800 full-time jobs will go under the company's previously announced restructuring plans. Qantas says none of the cuts are new, but it appears to be the
Fair Work Australia (FWA) ruling that the airline be allowed to determine how many outside workers it hires. The ruling has also paved the way for a three per cent pay rise for Qantas workers, rather than the five per cent increase being sought by
President Ged Kearney says such a system would severely curtail a fundamental workplace right and protection. Coalition to make unsuccessful claimants in unfair dismissal cases liable to have to pay costs. Workplace spokesman Eric Abetz is examining
The nearest target usually suffices, and for employers it's either workers or the government...In reality, though, the cause of their distress is never so obvious. As NAB chief executive Cameron Clyne told business leaders this week, attempts to
Small business groups say they have been overlooked by the review of the Fair Work Act. The Federal Government is considering 53 recommendations to the Fair Work Act put forward by the review panel. Lobby groups have criticised the recommendations,
The high dollar has turned sound businesses into marginal or unprofitable ones...WorkChoices allowed them to lean on workers to accept individual agreements dictated by the company. The Fair Work Act instead pushes them towards collective bargaining.
Mr Shorten rejected an assessment, released this week, that indicated Australia was falling behind other nations in productivity improvements. ''I don't buy this argument that we are the Uganda of the south,'' he said. Advertisement The wage figures
FWA has come under intense attack over the time it took to investigate financial impropriety in the HSU. While FWA has separate administrative and tribunal arms, Justice Ross in May said the HSU probe had "taken an unreasonably long time raising