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Mixed report card for virus response: Unions

The ACTU says the Morrison Government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic had mostly been one of "good beginnings brought down by poor detail", while there are signs of a return to "business as usual".

Woolies' underpayments blow out to almost $400M

Retailer Woolworths Group's underpayments bill has increased by about $75 million to $390 million, after it identified "payment shortfalls" in its hotels and liquor division, it told the ASX today.

High Court adopts new HR policy after Heydon harassment findings

The High Court has developed an HR policy boosting support for judges' staff and clarifying obligations, following findings that former trade union royal commissioner and High Court judge Dyson Heydon sexually harassed six associates.

Compensation cap rises to almost $77,000

The income and compensation caps for unfair dismissal claims are set to increase next week, along with filing fees for a range of applications.

Court confirms big employer's redundancy payment for reducing hours

In a significant judgment examining the interplay between employment relationships and employment contracts, the Federal Court has dismissed a major employer's appeal against a ruling it owed a cleaner redundancy pay after reducing her hours from full to part-time.

COVID-19 clerks award change past use-by date: Union

The ASU says it will object to extending a coronavirus-driven variation to the clerks' award because it has been "superseded" by JobKeeper and Fair Work Act changes, dismissing the employer bid as an attack on the award system.

"Fairy tale" approach to wage theft: Academic

An IR academic who has been documenting systematic underpayments in Australia has rounded on the Government's response, saying the counter-measures it has proposed to widespread wage theft are based on "discredited" theories of deterrence-based law enforcement.