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ABS says hours, labour costs down; and more

Hours and labour costs down, says ABS; UWU leader to address webinar on union responses to COVID-19; JIR webinar to consider impacts of COVID-19 on IR; and Sally McManus webinar tomorrow.

Compensation after pregnant bookkeeper's "cavalier" sacking

The FWC has ordered an accounting firm to compensate a bookkeeper sacked in a "hopelessly cavalier" fashion via email while pregnant and holidaying overseas, rejecting the employer's claim it was a genuine redundancy.

Call for more voices on slavery advisory body

The Morrison Government's expert advisory group on modern slavery is too top-heavy with big business representatives, according to human rights groups, churches, academics and unions.

Unions wary of preferred Virgin Australia bidders

The two remaining bidders for Virgin Australia have a "chequered history" on IR and workers rights, according to unions, who represent the largest number of the airline's creditors.


No power to "do a re-run" of wrong agreement: FWC

An FWC member has refused to replace an incorrectly-provided draft of a deal with the employee-endorsed final version, finding it should be left to a full bench to consider the employer's "obvious error" in her earlier approval of the agreement.

First IR roundtable round-up tomorrow

The Morrison Government will tomorrow hold a preliminary meeting involving employers and unions, as it pushes ahead with its plan to create five working groups to discuss changes to the IR system.

Sacking upheld despite "deficient" psych test process

The FWC has called on South Australia to re-examine psychometric testing protocols for workers in child residential care facilities, after upholding the sacking of a youth worker deemed "psychologically unsuitable" but finding the testing process deficient.