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Donning/doffing PPE is working time: Bench

A full bench has quashed a finding that a meatworker is not entitled to payment for time involved in putting on and removing PPE during a half-hour unpaid meal break, but has held an employer's silence did not give the FWC power to arbitrate on the before- and after-work requirement.



Telstra moves to "location-agnostic" working

As Telstra continues to bring call centre jobs back onshore and responds to changing needs during the pandemic, it says a new flexible work policy will support "location agnostic" and "hybrid" practices that open up flexibility options for all employees.

High Court to hear traumatised lawyer's case

The High Court has granted a lawyer leave to appeal a finding that her State government employer did not breach its duty of care in managing her reaction to preparing a large volume of child s-xual offence cases.

Court rejects indemnity costs bid

The Federal Court has today ordered party-party costs, after rejecting a bid for indemnity costs, against a self-represented former World Vision employee who pursued a general protections case with no prospects of success.

Union uses Queensland IRC safety jurisdiction for harassment case

The RTBU has used a relatively new Queensland IRC power to hear safety disputes to pursue an alleged sexual harassment case on behalf of an Aurizon train driver member who claims the company "washed its hands" of the matter on the basis that it occurred outside of work.

FWC lands another jab for compulsory vaccinations

Employers operating in high-risk environments such as aged and child care have been given further confidence that they can force workers to immunise after the FWC today upheld the sacking of a long-serving care assistant who refused a compulsory flu shot on allergy grounds.

Unions frothing over BHP's new alcohol policy

Mining unions are seeking an urgent meeting with BHP Billiton over a new alcohol policy limiting workers at remote camps to four standard drinks per day.

Director to serve jail time for workplace death

The director of a shed-building company has become the first person to be sentenced to serve a prison term under Western Australia's workplace safety and health laws.