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The penalty rate saga – decision imminent

UncategorizedMarch 21, 2016

The penalty rate saga – decision imminent (Last Updated On: March 21, 2016)

Over 6,000 submissions from industry bodies and businesses have been received in response to the Productivity Commission review of penalty rates and recommendation to change Sunday rates to fall in-line with Saturdays.

The time when the decision will be handed down is now fast approaching. The Fair Work Commission will hold its last hearing on 15 April 2016 and will make a decision within 12 weeks of this, potentially coinciding with the election if Turnbull decides to go to the polls on 2 July 2016.

Government bodies, still blemished from the 2007 WorkChoices reform, have stressed to the Commission that it is independent of them, however still suggest Sunday penalties should change. Late last year Employment Minister, Michaelia Cash, emphasised it was not the Government’s role to alter penalty rates however, they were not reluctant to change workplace laws.

Interesting times are coming, and as a business owner or employer, it is important to keep abreast of results as whatever the outcome, it will impact you and your business. Ensure you are prepared. Employsure can keep you up-to-date and guide you through any change that needs to be made. Call us today on 1300 651 415 to see how we can help you.

Source: ABC


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