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Clay Lucas is city editor for The Age. Clay has worked at The Age since 2005, covering state politics, urban affairs, transport, local government and workplace relations for The Age and Sunday Age. Clay won a Quill with Age investigative reporter Royce Millar in 2009.
Clay Lucas and Sarah Whyte Behind the surface glamour of Melbourne's restaurant scene lies an army of casual staff being paid wages far below their legal entitlements, industry experts and regulators say.
Clay Lucas Fortunato Perri was, according to his ex-employer, a good concreter. But after 15 years with Anglo Italian Concrete, it was a smile at the wrong time that cost him his job. Or was it a smirk?
Clay Lucas Only half of Australia's 11.5 million employees believe they are in the right line of work, new research shows.
Clay Lucas Up to 50,000 Australian builders could be missing out on the holidays, sick leave and superannuation they are entitled to.
Clay Lucas Managers would be forced to consider requests from employees for family-friendly working hours under a plan to be put forward by the ACTU.
Clay Lucas Retailers will push for their staff's hourly pay to be cut by as much as $8 an hour on Sundays.
Clay Lucas Cost of scheme that pays workers their entitlements when companies go broke is set to soar.
Clay Lucas Migrant workers are regularly being taken advantage of, intimidated and abused in Australian workplaces because they do not know their rights.
Clay Lucas Employees of inner-city gourmet food manufacturer speak out about alleged mistreatment.
Clay Lucas New figures show jump in the number of Australians making products - and Victoria leads the way.
Clay Lucas A restaurant jointly run by MasterChef judge and co-host Gary Mehigan paid back one of its chefs after it admitted to short-changing him thousands of dollars.
Clay Lucas Australia's fast-food chains are trying to wriggle out of changes to national wage laws that will soon force them to pay employees penalty rates on weekends.
Ben Butler and Clay Lucas Senior union leader says the government should be able to go after the personal assets of company directors who do not keep aside enough money to pay employee entitlements.
Clay Lucas Workers at Melbourne warehouse required to wear - and pay for - ID armbands.
Clay Lucas Report on age discrimination says thresholds should be dismantled as population ages.
Clay Lucas Employers renew their push to cut penalty rates for workers in the hospitality and retail sectors.
Clay Lucas The national minimum wage for Australia's 1.4 million lowest paid workers should be raised by $17.10 a week, Fair Work Australia has said.
Clay Lucas Personal assistant dismissed via email by real estate agent worried about her 'overall young look'.
Clay Lucas Ted Baillieu's office becomes involved in dispute over redevelopment by state authority.
Clay Lucas Planners warn strip shopping centres will be badly hurt by state government decision.