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Bench buckets construction employer bid for JobKeeper flexibilities

An FWC full bench has today rejected a "misconceived' bid by construction employers to "level the playing field" by extending JobKeeper award flexibilities to ineligible companies in the sector, but has left the door open for changes due to the new Level 4 restrictions implemented in response to Victoria's second coronavirus wave.

FWC bench excludes "COVID-19 months" for commission-based agents

An FWC full bench is inviting submissions by 2pm on an award variation allowing the real estate industry to disregard the COVID-19 months for commission-only employees and place a moratorium on commencing such arrangements.

Aged care workers granted paid pandemic leave

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.

FWC bench weighs expanding paid pandemic leave

An FWC full bench proposing to grant paid pandemic leave for workers covered by the Aged Care Award is seeking submissions by 2pm today on whether to also insert it into the Nurses Award and Health Professionals and Support Services Award.

Judge says FWO didn't seek compensation for ripped-off workers

In levelling a $22,440 penalty against the former owner-operator of a labour-hire company that underpaid 80 workers on a Queensland mushroom farm more than $78,000, a court has noted the FWO did not seek compensation.

New COVID-19 crisis might justify paid pandemic leave: Bench

Surging coronavirus cases in Victoria have today prompted an FWC full bench to seek urgent submissions on a provisional view that it should now vary the aged care award to provide paid pandemic leave for employees, including casuals, who must self-isolate.

"Impracticability" of sanitising a koala led to redundancy: FWC

The "obvious impracticability" of sanitising a koala helped to justify a pandemic-affected wildlife sanctuary's decision to make redundant a worker responsible for co-ordinating photographs of visitors holding its main attraction, the FWC has found.

Victorian outbreak highlights continuing uncertainty: Clerks bench

In reasons now published for extending COVID-19 variations to the clerks award despite ASU arguments they are no longer needed, an FWC full bench says Victoria's "second surge" in cases highlights continuing risk and uncertainty.


Bench shelves paid pandemic leave bid

An FWC full bench has adjourned the union application to introduce a paid pandemic leave entitlememt for award-covered health and community workers required to self-isolate during the coronavirus crisis.