What's happening on employment front in 2015?

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What's happening on employment front in 2015?

Several inquiries in 2015 will impact on the industrial relations/employment law scene. A quick snapshot of developments is included here.

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Several inquiries in 2015 will impact on the industrial relations/employment law scene. A quick snapshot of developments is included here.

Penalty rates and public holidays


Interested parties can comment on penalty rate matters to Fair Work Commission up until 4pm on Friday 13 February 2015.

The FWC has advised that with the exception of penalty rates to be payable on part-day public holidays, any other issues in relation to the public holiday penalty rates will be dealt with during these proceedings.

The next penalty rates conference at the FWC will be conducted on 20 February 2015. This conference will finalise the scope and timetable for dealing with the penalty rates matters.

Group 3 and 4 Awards


Modern awards are allocated to groups as noted here

Initial conferences for group 3 and 4 awards will be held on 30 and 31 March and 1 April 2015. The purpose of these conferences is to identify the nature of the issues to be raised by interested parties during the review of each of these awards.

Part-time and casual employees


FWC’s vice president Hatcher initially proposed hearings of the part-time and casual issues from 7-10 April 2015 and issued a further statement on 29 January 2015. Clarification on timing for submissions is expected soon. 

Productivity Commission inquiry


The Productivity Commission has issued five extensive issues papers that reflect its initial views about the priority questions for this inquiry. 

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