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Working group employers leery of ACTU-BCA pact

A majority of employer organisations have heatedly rejected a joint position agreed between the Business Council of Australia and the ACTU over changes to the law covering agreement-making, while IR Minister Christian Porter says discussions are continuing and that differences of opinion should come as no surprise.

Updated: Porter to intervene in waterfront case

IR Minister Christian Porter has confirmed today that he will intervene in support of DP World Australia's application to terminate the MUA's protected industrial action at Port Botany.

Umpire rejects bid for "COVID-care" allowance

A $5 an hour "COVID-19 care allowance" for disability workers attending to self-isolated and quarantining clients is unnecessary and likely to trigger a push to insert it into other health sector and aged care awards, according to an FWC full bench.

FWC planning to extend COVID-19 award flexibilities

The FWC has given any objectors a week to put their views on extending special coronavirus-driven flexibilities in 71 modern awards until the end of March, when the JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme ends.

TWU calls in EY, Bornstein in Qantas jobs row

The Qantas timetable for an in-house bid for the airline's outsourced domestic ground handling services is "unattainable and unrealistic", according to a consultant engaged by the TWU.

Award severance clause trumps incapacity provision: Bench

An FWC full bench has quashed a decision to reduce a $12,000 retrenchment payout to zero, ruling that the Fair Work Act's "incapacity to pay" provisions don't apply when the entitlement arises from a source such as an award.

Victoria starts consultations on gig economy proposals

Victoria's Andrews Labor Government has opened public consultations into the recommendations of the landmark inquiry into the gig economy workforce, while it has also appointed its first public sector gender equality commissioner.

Tribunal backs sacking of worker who text-harassed HR manager

The FWC has upheld the dismissal of a council worker on a "destructive path", following a day that started with him refusing to wear safety boots and ended with him almost hitting a team leader with his truck and harassing a HR manager.

Redundancy genuine despite HR team's pratfalls

The FWC has accepted an employer's explanation that the "incompetency" of its HR team led it to advertising a redundant position less than two months later and subsequently inviting a former employee to "recommence" his role.