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Online hearing revolution to continue post-pandemic: Ross

FWC President Iain Ross has told the ALERA national conference that online hearings will continue beyond the pandemic, while the "reset" flowing from COVID-19 requires a renewed focus on social dialogue.


PSA takes NSW harvest plan to umpire

The Public Service Association of NSW has lodged a dispute with the State IRC after the Perrottet Government announced a scheme under which 4500 public sector employees based in the regions will be offered five day's special paid leave if they sign up to help farmers bring in an expected record harvest.

FWC indicates no automatic extra notice for "essential services"

Employers seeking longer notice periods for protected industrial action due to exceptional circumstances might have to provide stronger evidence, after the FWC refused Essential Energy's bid to extend the warning given by the CEPU from three to five days.

WA fails in bid to involve FWC in Qube dispute

Pressure is continuing to mount on all sides of the long-running dispute between the MUA and Qube at the port of Fremantle, following an unsuccessful bid by Western Australia's McGowan Government to have the FWC intervene.

Hugging teacher fails to win back job

An FWC full bench has today found errors in a ruling that upheld a private school's sacking of a 52-year-old teacher for hugging students and other misdeeds, but has refused to overturn it.

Vax reaction excuses late dismissal claim: FWC

A Filipino worker who relied on her husband to lodge a general protections claim has won more time to file after the FWC accepted his second Pfizer vaccination put him out of action for two days, while the tribunal has granted an extension in another case due to a lawyer's miscounting.

Qantas not for turning on outsourcing strategy

Qantas has told a federal parliamentary inquiry that its decision to outsource almost 1700 ground crew roles is a "permanent shift", despite it continuing to face a Federal Court action seeking their reinstatement.

Negotiation breakthrough eases truckies' strike threat

The TWU says Toll workers will not participate in planned national strikes next week if delegates accept an in-principle deal struck with the transport group that includes improved job security and an industry-first 15% employer superannuation contribution.

Employers support early childhood teachers' January pay hikes

A FWC full bench has held early childhood teachers should receive a pay rise of up to 13.6% from the start of next year as part of an IEU work value claim, after the union reached a consent position with some employers and others failed to back up affordability concerns.