In the first quarterly consumer price inflation data to measure the full effect of the coronavirus pandemic, the ABS has revealed a CPI of -1.9% in the three months to June and by -0.3% in the financial year.
Victoria's COVID-19 resurgence is causing upheaval across the state's workplaces, with high test results among health and aged care workers forcing the Federal and State governments to introduce emergency staffing measures.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has recruited another former union heavyweight to help guide the national economic response to COVID-19, appointing ex-AWU national secretary Paul Howes to a newly-badged advisory board with responsibility for IR, workforces and superannuation.
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.
Lambasting a law firm's "extraordinary" failure to give an unfair dismissal applicant an assessment of his prospects of success, the FWC has found them equally liable to pay employer Prosegur more than $9000 in indemnity costs.