The latest Gender and Diversity newsletter has been released.
In this edition:
- Penalty rate cut likely to widen gender pay gap
- Professionals Australia submission to gender segregation inquiry
- Scholarships – entrepreneurship and ICT
- Professionals Australia’s Diversity and Inclusion Policy
- The business case for gender equality – Workplace Gender Equality Agency
- Latest news/updates
- Comments and feedback
Penalty rates cut likely to widen gender pay gap
For those employed under the Pharmacy, Retail Hospitality and Fast Food Awards, the Fair Work Commission’s 23 February 2017 decision will reduce Sunday and holiday penalty rates for full-time workers from double-time to time-and-a-half, and for casual workers from double-time to time-and-three-quarters. On public holidays, rates for full-time employees will be reduced from double-time-and-a-half to double-time-and-a-quarter. For casuals, rates will be cut from two-and-three-quarters to double-time-and-a-half. The operative date will be 1 July 2017 with the cuts to be phased in from between two and five instalments.
A paper by the McKell Institute assessing the impact of the recent penalty rates cut says the reduced rates will exacerbate the existing gender wage gap because 55 per cent of those affected by the proposed changes are female (The Impact of the Fair Work Commission’s February 23 Sunday Penalty Rates Decision, McKell Institute, February 2017).