THE Federal Government is under duress to amend the Fair Work Act to institutionalise a commitment to pay equity, grant the Sex Discrimination Commissioner greater powers to act on wage discrimination, and establish a pay equity unit within Fair Work Australia with a broad mandate for change.
Pressure is coming from the The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment and Workplace Relations - which Labor dominates - which made 63 recommendations.
The 465-page Making it Fair report, tabled last night, recommends the government require that individual flexibility arrangements be lodged with Fair Work Australia, and that it remove the $450 per month earnings threshold for compulsory superannuation, as well as provide a portable long service leave scheme.
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