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Consultation critical for vax-mandating employers after key ruling

The key lesson from last week's Mt Arthur ruling by a five-member FWC full bench is that employers that impose vaccination mandates not required by public health orders must comply with consultation obligations, according to the coal mining union's legal director.


Inclusion quest hampered by leadership deficit: Report

Some 49% of employees feel they work in "inclusive" teams, but only 31% say their immediate manager hits that mark, according to a new Diversity Council report that says inclusion is critical to retaining employees as COVID-19-driven labour shortages develop.

Appeal court backs state vax mandate powers

The NSW Court of Appeal has today thrown out two challenges to inoculation mandates for certain categories of workers under COVID-19 public health orders.


Paid pandemic leave for double-vaxxed only: Australia Post

Australia Post will adhere to a new policy limiting paid pandemic leave to employees double-vaccinated against COVID-19, rejecting union arguments that this amounts to mandatory workplace inoculation.

FWC vexed by wharfies sacked after vax mandate

Stevedore DP World Australia's national workplace vaccination mandate has sparked 30 unfair dismissal applications across four states, throwing up legal complications for the FWC.

McDonald's faces class action over allegedly unpaid breaks

McDonald's has been hit with a second Federal Court case over its alleged failure to provide paid rest breaks, with a RAFFWU-backed class action claiming thousands of past and present workers are potentially owed millions over the "systemic" issue.

Schools put on notice over volunteer roles

The IEU says it will call out non-government schools over a widespread practice of engaging staff and others in key co-curricular roles as "volunteers", after a Queensland college back paid more than $2 million and entered into an enforceable undertaking with the FWO.

NAB's "overworked" managers to sue

The FSU says it will sue the National Australia Bank after a survey of more than 1000 middle managers revealed widespread excessive unpaid work and "unbearable levels of stress and anxiety", but the bank says there is no such expectation of extra hours.