Senate debates

Monday, 19 June 2017


Education and Employment References Committee; Reference

3:47 pm

Photo of Nick XenophonNick Xenophon (SA, Nick Xenophon Team) Share this | | Hansard source

I, and also on behalf of Senator Griff as co-sponsor, move:

That the following matters be referred to the Education and Employment References Committee for inquiry and report by 16 October 2017:

(a) claims that many employees working for large employers receive lower penalty rates under their enterprise agreements on weekends and public holidays than those set by the relevant modern award, giving those employers a competitive advantage over smaller businesses that pay award rates;

(b) the operation, application and effectiveness of the Better Off Overall Test (BOOT) for enterprise agreements made under the Fair Work Act 2009;

(c) the desirability of amending the Fair Work Act 2009 to ensure that enterprise agreements do not contain terms that specify penalty rates which are lower than the respective modern award;

(d) the provisions of the Fair Work (Pay Protection) Bill 2017; and

(e) any other related matter related to penalty rates in the retail, hospitality and fast-food sectors.

Notice of motion altered on 11 May 2017 pursuant to standing order 77.

Notice given 30 March 2017

Question agreed to.