The Hon Bill Shorten MP
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Minimum wage increases must balance needs of low paid and national economy
The Gillard Government says any increase to minimum wages should reflect changes in living costs and the overall strength of the Australian economy.
New appointments to Fair Work Commission
Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Bill Shorten today announced the appointment of eight new members to the Fair Work Commission.
Workers' entitlements over Easter
Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Bill Shorten today urged all employers and employees to check the correct pay rates and entitlements that apply over Easter and seek advice from the…
Fair Work Act changes deliver flexibility, protection and certainty for Australian workplaces
Millions of working Australians will benefit from increased flexibility and protections for vulnerable workers under changes to federal workplace laws introduced to Parliament today.
Second Reading speech: Fair Work Amendment Bill 2013
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Bonus payments for Newstart recipients and single parents
More than one million Australian income support recipients, including those on Newstart and single parents, will receive an Income Support Bonus from today as the Gillard Government’s $1.1 billion…
National action to tackle Australia’s deadly asbestos legacy
The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations today introduced legislation into Parliament to establish the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency.
Model rules to help registered organisations comply with higher standards of financial accountability and transparency
The Government has released draft model rules for registered organisations to assist them comply with the stronger financial transparency and accountability standards the Government implemented…
Boost for quality early childhood education
The Gillard Government will invest $300 million over two years to boost the quality of early childhood education and support workplace reform.
Fair Work Inspectors to monitor rogue 457 employers
The Fair Work Ombudsman will strengthen official efforts to deal with rogue employers who misuse 457 visas, to ensure more checks are undertaken and more suspicious activity is picked up and…
Gillard Government provides early support for GEON workers
Hundreds of workers at failed printing group GEON will have faster access to their unpaid entitlements through the Gillard Government’s Fair Entitlements Guarantee.
Industrial disputes close to two-year low
Australia has recorded its lowest level of industrial disputation in almost two years, new figures show.