An FWC member has rejected a recusal application from employees Virgin Australia dismissed for refusing to disclose their vaccination status, amid concerns that his frequent flyer membership made him biased.
An IR manager who recently gave evidence in his company's FWC bid for a s418 anti-industrial-action order will now be sitting on the Commission's bench, after Attorney-General and IR Minister Michaelia Cash made a last-minute appointment ahead of the election anticipated next month.
Attorney General and IR Minister Michaelia Cash has today appointed a senior Sydney IR and employment silk as a Federal Court judge, while she has refused to confirm whether she intends to make any FWC appointments ahead of the Government going into caretaker mode.
With a federal election likely in May, IR Minister Michaelia Cash has thumbed her nose at Labor's plan to axe the Registered Organisations Commission, giving Mark Bielecki another two years as its leader.
South Australia's new Premier, Peter Malinauskas, takes office on a platform that includes introducing jail time for the worst cases of wage theft, creating an offence of industrial manslaughter and extending labour hire regulation across all industries.
Former FWC Vice President Michael Lawler is suing the ABC and one of its reporters for allegedly deceiving him into participating in a Four Corners program that a Government inquiry later found displayed his "unfitness" for office.
Tasmania's Supreme Court has reprimanded State Industrial Commission president David Barclay - who has a secondary appointment to the FWC - for professional misconduct on a medical negligence case that he did "little to progress" in the 24 years he had carriage of it until he joined the tribunal.