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Judge says FWO didn't seek compensation for ripped-off workers

In levelling a $22,440 penalty against the former owner-operator of a labour-hire company that underpaid 80 workers on a Queensland mushroom farm more than $78,000, a court has noted the FWO did not seek compensation.

FWC backs Prosegur's revised JobKeeper directions

An FWC full bench has accepted Prosegur's pared-back JobKeeper-enabling directions, which reduce the minimum fortnightly hours of full-time armoured vehicle operators to 60, while it has provided separate assurances for part-timers and casuals.

Sacked climate critic subject to conduct code: Full Court

An academic sacked after criticising climate research is considering a High Court challenge after a full Federal Court quashed a finding that James Cook University's code of conduct is "subordinate" to intellectual freedom protections.

No coronavirus freeze for Victorian public sector

Victoria's Andrew Government has reached in-principle agreement on a new four-year public sector deal with the CPSU that locks in annual pay rises and introduces a new cash "mobility allowance" for embracing "new ways of working".

Insecure work fanning Victorian virus outbreak: Andrews

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has today identified precarious work as a substantial driver of the State's escalating coronavirus second wave, while the Melbourne-based head of the ABCC is under fire for leaving the virus hotspot to conduct a compulsory examination in Brisbane.

New COVID-19 crisis might justify paid pandemic leave: Bench

Surging coronavirus cases in Victoria have today prompted an FWC full bench to seek urgent submissions on a provisional view that it should now vary the aged care award to provide paid pandemic leave for employees, including casuals, who must self-isolate.