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HR manager's "vague" knowledge of employees' work hinders deal

A major employer has failed to apply the correct award in seeking approval for a new enterprise agreement covering two businesses, the FWC noting an HR manager involved in bargaining had "little to no knowledge" of the work performed by employees.

Deal approvals require more than "cursory gaze": FWC

A subsidiary of an established mining services company has failed to convince the FWC not to hear from the CFMMEU on a deal covering eight workers at the time it was made, purportedly because the Fair Work Act intends for small business to enter into agreements "without hindrance".

Split FWC bench upholds contentious labour hire deal

The CFMMEU has been refused permission to appeal the approval of a labour hire company's deal on the basis the black coal award incorporated in the predecessor agreement did not allow for casual production and engineering workers, a majority FWC bench finding it possible the provision's absence was "simply overlooked" by the employer.

Employees can't "demand" flexible work arrangements: FWC

While expressing sympathy for a receptionist forced to assume responsibility for her 11-year-old sister after their mother's death, the FWC has rejected her claim she was constructively dismissed when her employer refused to modify her hours and guarantee leave for school holidays.

Order stopping industrial action premature: Bench

In a significant decision on how the Fair Work Act's provisions relating to time should be read, an FWC full bench has determined that a member erred when she imposed a 48-hour deadline on herself to order a halt to strike action rather than interpret the statute's "2 days" as giving her until midnight of the second day.

Offshore deal sinks again as HR manager admits ignorance of changes

The FWC has for the second time thrown out a Sodexo offshore deal after hearing its HR manager and an employee involved in bargaining did not understand a swathe of significant changes, leaving "no confidence" it was properly explained to others.

IR not a "zero sum" game: Porter

IR Minister Christian Porter has unveiled a broad workplace reform agenda that includes the laws covering casual employment and unfair dismissal.

Jail time for wage theft drawing closer

The Morrison Government has unveiled plans for wide-ranging changes to the Fair Work Act, including the introduction of criminal penalties for the worst cases of wage theft and underpayment and increasing the length of agreements covering greenfields projects.