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The ASU says it will object to extending a coronavirus-driven variation to the clerks' award because it has been "superseded" by JobKeeper and Fair Work Act changes, dismissing the employer bid as an attack on the award system.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