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Dual IR manager/union roles killed DREA registration bid

The influential role of an IR manager who advocated establishing enterprise associations to achieve "union-free" workplaces and doubled as the proposed organisation's president has been one of the elements fatal to the bid to register an enterprise union at Melbourne's Della Rosa Fresh Foods.

New IR minister in WA; Porter case directions; & more

Dawson replaces Johnston as WA IR Minister; Directions issued in Porter defamation case; Seminar on lessons from recent sexual harassment scandals; and Workpac responds to Rossato submissions.

WFH double pre-COVID-19 levels; women want more: ABS

The number of Australians working from home remains almost double the pre-COVID 19 figure and women are more likely want to expand the arrangement, according to the latest ABS data on how households are faring during the pandemic.

Former CEO urges court to fine HR head

The former acting chief executive of a Northern Territory regional council who accused a manager of upwards bullying and allegedly covertly recorded meetings has hit back at the ASU's adverse action claim, suggesting penalties should instead be levelled against the HR boss.

Stripped-down Bill returns to House on Monday

The Morrison Government has today pushed through the Senate a vastly reduced version of its much-hyped bid to overhaul the Fair Work Act, with changes to casual employment arrangements the only surviving element.

Tribunal delays union contest over Qantas pilots

The FWC has decided to stay elements of an AFAP rule change decision that enables it to compete with AIPA to represent all Qantas mainline pilots, unless it gives an undertaking today that it won't encourage them to join until the determination of an appeal.

Coalition jettisons bulk of Omnibus Bill

In the face of significant crossbench opposition, the Morrison Government has decided to only proceed with the IR Omnibus Bill's casual employment provisions, including a move to prevent so-called "double dipping" on entitlements.

Vexatious claims changes welcome but could be bolstered: Amendola

With the Government's Omnibus Bill's teetering in the Senate, Kingston Reid partner Steven Amendola has spotlighted its proposed "abuse of process" powers to curb vexatious claims, which would provide "some welcome relief" to the "overburdened" FWC and "harried employers", but could go further.

Wheels falling off Omnibus Bill after Griff hardens position

In a blow to the Morrison Government's plans to overhaul the Fair Work Act, Centre Alliance Senator Stirling Griff says he will only support elements of the IR Omnibus Bill dealing with protections against wage theft and those that "provide certainty for casuals and their employers".