Fed Gov’s workplace legislation review delayed

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Fed Gov’s workplace legislation review delayed

Media reports indicate the Prime Minister's office has intervened to delay the government’s review of the Fair Work legislation — primarily because the office is focusing on getting the budget through the Senate.

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Media reports indicate the Prime Minister's office has intervened to delay the government’s review of the Fair Work legislation — primarily because the office is focusing on getting the budget through the Senate.

The government has put an ambitious review of workplace laws forward, in outline, with the terms of reference for a Productivity Commission review of the Fair Work Act all but finalised.

Employment Minister Eric Abetz recently told a Senate hearing the review should be released shortly. However, he admitted  ‘shortly’ was a flexible term.

Now senior government sources have also been reported as confirming the government is not ready to launch a new political debate over industrial relations and workplace reform.

Likely timing

The likely timing for changes would be early 2016 as the Productivity Commission is to report back on the review in late 2015 or early 2016.

It’s understood the review will examine workers' pay and conditions, including penalty rates and union militancy, and also consider workplace flexibility.
 
Fairfax media noted the inquiry would also examine the Fair Work Act's impact on unemployment, productivity, business investment and the ability of the labour market to respond to economic conditions.
 
Currently happening is the trade union royal commission and restoring the Australian Building and Construction Commission.
 
Both these matters are pre-occupying the government.

Industry groups are lobbying strongly for a more expedited review of workplace laws
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