The Senate Standing Committee on Education and Employment has recommended to the Senate that it approve the Fair Work (Amendment) Bill 2014 (Cth). The Bill, first tabled on 27 February, provides for the extension of unpaid parental leave and the insertion of flexibility terms into modern awards and prevents an application for a protected action ballot being made unless bargaining for a new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement has commenced. The Bill is expected to be passed shortly at the next Senate sitting.

Andrew Berriman