The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has released its annual report for the period 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016. The FWC is required to produce the reports to the Minister for Employment, Michaelia Cash, for review.
With the new financial year fast approaching, businesses and human resource managers must now turn their minds to workplace planning and employee entitlements, having regard to new changes that will come into effect on 1 July 2016.
The Productivity Commission handed down its report into the workplace relations framework on 21 December 2015. The report concludes that the current industrial relations system is largely working well, but that it does require some tweaks to address the issue of balance between parties with interests in the workplace.
The Fair Work Commission has ruled that employers will have the right under 70 modern awards to direct workers to take annual leave if they have excessive annual leave accruals exceeding eight weeks.