Victoria has issued improvement notices to 68 workplaces since late July as part of its COVID-19 safety blitz that accompanied the return to stage 4 restrictions in Melbourne and stage 3 restriction in the regions.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has today identified precarious work as a substantial driver of the State's escalating coronavirus second wave, while the Melbourne-based head of the ABCC is under fire for leaving the virus hotspot to conduct a compulsory examination in Brisbane.
Surging coronavirus cases in Victoria have today prompted an FWC full bench to seek urgent submissions on a provisional view that it should now vary the aged care award to provide paid pandemic leave for employees, including casuals, who must self-isolate.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has criticised a law firm that experienced a coronavirus outbreak for refusing to allow employees to work from home, as Melbourne prepares for an inspection blitz in response to workplaces emerging as the key transmission point for the hundreds of daily cases.
Victoria's Andrews Government has today announced separate reviews of protections against s-xual harassment in the state's courts and tribunals, and in the law firms that tender to the government for legal services.
The FWC has agreed to hear a senior public sector lawyer's claims he was denied pay rises after being "admonished" for wearing Zara brand shoes, despite a court finding his employer conducted two procedurally fair investigations before sacking him for misconduct.
The operator of the "robo-terminal" at Melbourne's Webb Dock says it is re-activating a damages claim against the CFMMEU which seeks to recover $80 million in losses and foregone income from a picket in late 2017.
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".