Review into Penalty Rates and the Minimum Wage

The WA News reports on some very positive developments:

Penalty rates, the minimum wage and the workplace flexibility of 11.5 million Australian workers will come under the microscope in a sweeping review of the industrial relations system.

In an interview to mark the launch of five issues papers that set out the key areas the inquiry will put under the microscope, Productivity Commission chief Peter Harris has promised the review of Australia’s workplace laws will “bust myths” in the broadest review of IR laws in a generation.

The long-awaited review of Australia’s workplace laws will examine the effect of the minimum wage on employment, how penalty rates are set and what economic effect the loadings have on business and employees.

The issues papers were accidentally published online on Thursday.

The review was meant to be published on the Commission’s website at midnight but went live on the homepage on Thursday morning and was seized on by at least two Labor MPs who tweeted a link to it and broke the embargo.

Enterprise bargaining, individual agreements between employers and employees, unfair dismissal, anti-bullying laws and public sector employment issues will all be examined too.