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McDonald's granted award flexibility to help "weather storm"

More than 200,000 award-covered fast food industry workers face temporary cuts to part-time hours and reduced overtime penalties under fiercely-contested, pandemic-related changes approved by an FWC full bench.

Workers on new retail deals exposed to virus freeze

Large numbers of retail employees covered by agreements approved in the second half of last year face wage freezes if employers succeed in their campaign for a coronavirus-driven pause in minimum pay rises such as that adopted during the GFC, new Attorney-General's Department data on bargained wage rises reveals.

Court rejects ER manager's bid to represent employer

A judge has shot down an ER manager's bid to represent her employer in an adverse action case in which she is accused of criminal behaviour, observing that her own interests might "colour" her ability to effectively perform the role.

Payroll officers slugged in FWO's biggest penalty case

Three payroll officers who "reverse-engineered" false records during an FWO investigation have been fined a total of $121,000 as part of the largest penalty order won by the workplace watchdog.

$150M class action doesn't check out: Coles

Coles says a class action seeking to recoup more than $150 million allegedly owed to salaried managers is without merit, given it is already on track to finalise its review and start re-paying affected employees.

Fast food fight looming; ROC's Enright fires back at senator; & more

Rebel union to line up against Minister, employers over award changes; ROC's Enright gets right of reply to Labor Senator; Award changes to support vehicle sector "in crisis"; Simplifying awards "code" for making profits, says academic; and Who's dipping into super?

Bench reserves on COVID-19 vehicle award variation

An FWC full bench has today reserved its decision on proposed coronavirus-driven changes to the vehicle award, after a service stations peak body said reduction of hours provisions are "useless" due to minimum pay floors.

FWC set to make urgent COVID-19 changes to vehicle award

The FWC will approve consent coronavirus-driven changes to the vehicle manufacturing, repair services and retail award if it doesn't receive any objections by late this afternoon, while it has endorsed a variation that delays half of a pay rise for six months at Ford Australia.

FWC asks who'd foot the bill for pandemic allowance

An FWC full bench has asked the Morrison Government whether it will boost funding to compensate employers if it grants a contested $5-an-hour COVID-19 allowance claim for disability workers attending to self-isolated and quarantining clients.

Push-back over proposed COVID-19 award changes

RAFFWU is moving quickly to object to expedited employer-proposed, ACTU-supported COVID-19 variations to the Fast Food Award, applying to businesses not qualifying for the JobKeeper scheme and workers who fall through the cracks.