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Fast turnaround looming for latest coronavirus award change

The FWC has expedited the hearing of the restaurant industry's bid to vary its award to boost hours and leave flexibility as it shifts to a COVID-19 business model based on takeaways and home delivery.


COVID-19 variations impel new take on safety net: Employers

The coronavirus pandemic requires a temporary but fundamental reconsideration of the Fair Work Act's safety net, according to a joint bid to vary a key award to provide substantial operational and hours flexibility.

AiG and ACTU to seek rapid COVID-19 award changes

The Australian Industry Group is working with the ACTU to fast-track changes to key awards to increase the flexibility of working hours and leave in response to the coronavirus crisis.

COVID-19 spurs union-employer bid for award flexibility

FWC President Iain Ross will this afternoon hear a joint application by the UWU and the Australian Hotels Association to vary the hospitality award 2010 to help businesses to save jobs as the coronavirus crisis bites.

AiG seeks coronavirus-driven minimum wage rise delay

The "exceptional circumstances" created by COVID-19 warrant delaying the operative date of any minimum wage increase by a fortnight to July 15, according to the Ai Group, while the Victorian Government is calling for a rise of at least 3%.

Seasoned IR advisor to freshen Woolies' act

Woolworths has retained former Fair Work Commission member Greg Harrison to independently review backpayment claims by current or former employees.

FWC deep-dives on nature of work

The importance of 'choice versus direction' in determining whether employees are working or not has been highlighted in an FWC decision considering the case of boat masters and crew having their unpaid meal breaks interrupted to assist passengers on multi-day dive trips.

New pay rules looming for lawyers, clerks

New rules for recording the working hours of junior lawyers and paralegals are set to take effect from March, despite protests from major law firms, while up to a million clerical employees are set to be subject to similar provisions.

Bench declines to trim hairdressers' penalty rates

An FWC full bench has rejected a bid to reduce hairdressers' penalty rates for weekend and public holidays, while seeking further submissions on whether weekend rates should be paid in addition to casual loading.