A $5 an hour "COVID-19 care allowance" for disability workers attending to self-isolated and quarantining clients is unnecessary and likely to trigger a push to insert it into other health sector and aged care awards, according to an FWC full bench.
A long-serving pilot thought to have spent more than $13,500 contesting his redundancy has been awarded compensation of one week's pay, after the FWC held it was not genuine due to a lack of consultation.
The FWC has taken the initiative of releasing a draft award schedule addressing working-from-home arrangements, describing it as conversation-starter that recognises the need to adapt to COVID-19 realities.
An employer's failure to consult and consider ways to keep a worker on the payroll before it dismissed him in the days after JobKeeper's announcement rendered his redundancy non-genuine, the FWC has ruled.
An FWC full bench has baulked at extending paid pandemic leave to award-covered disability services and ambulance workers, saying there was insufficient evidence of a "threat to the resilience" of care in those sectors.
An FWC full bench has today rejected a "misconceived' bid by construction employers to "level the playing field" by extending JobKeeper award flexibilities to ineligible companies in the sector, but has left the door open for changes due to the new Level 4 restrictions implemented in response to Victoria's second coronavirus wave.
An FWC full bench has in the face of employer opposition decided to grant paid pandemic leave for aged care workers covered by the aged care, nurses and health professionals awards for a three-month period from tomorrow.
An FWC full bench proposing to grant paid pandemic leave for workers covered by the Aged Care Award is seeking submissions by 2pm today on whether to also insert it into the Nurses Award and Health Professionals and Support Services Award.