Productivity Commission releases final report into workplace relations system

December 21, 2015

The Productivity Commission’s final report¬†into the workplace relations system was tabled in Parliament today.

The key recommendations of the report were as follows:

  • ¬†Penalty rates have a legitimate role in compensating employees for working long hours or at asocial times. However, Sunday penalty rates for hospitality, entertainment, retailing, restaurants and cafes are inconsistent across similar work, anachronistic in the context of changing consumer preferences, and frustrate the job aspirations of the unemployed and those who are only available for work on Sunday. Rates should be aligned with those on Saturday, creating a weekend rate for each of the relevant industries.
  • The Fair Work Commission should not reduce penalty rates for existing public holidays.
  • The Australian Government should amend the National Employment Standards so that newly designated state and territory public holidays are not subject to public holiday penalty rates or a paid day of leave
  • The Australian Government should amend the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) to replace the better off overall test for approval of enterprise agreements with a new no-disadvantage test.

Please click here for a copy of Minister Cash’s media release and please click here for our media release.