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Cobwebbed deal axed despite worker fears

In a decision illustrating the delicate balancing act required of the FWC when considering axing old agreements, a recently-employed worker has succeeding in having a security company's 15-year-old deal scrapped over the loud objections of all but a few of his fellow employees.

Tribunal member not empowered to grant representation: Court

Queensland's Industrial Court has reversed a single member decision letting external lawyers represent the State Government at a QIRC directions hearing on a Together Queensland award variation bid, finding only a full bench had the power to do so.

FWC pulls trigger on loaded rates for hospitality industry

Hospitality industry employers have won approval to roll up overtime, penalty and split-shift rates for full-time higher-paid workers after a FWC full bench rejected union concerns that changing the award for a small cohort could leave a broader group of employees worse off.

December hearing for Menulog "threshold" issues

The FWC is calling for any questions by Monday on the coverage of Menulog's proposed award for food-delivery gig workers and has set a timeline to consider threshold issues such as the current award that covers them and if it can instead be varied if not fit for purpose.

"On-demand" award's scope too narrow: Academics

A trio of IR academics has warned the FWC that Menulog's bid to establish a landmark award for food-delivery gig workers would end up covering "very few" employees.

FWC puts hospitality loaded rates firmly on menu

Higher-paid hospitality workers appear set to have their overtime and penalty payments rolled up into loaded rates after a FWC full bench yesterday provisionally supported employers' push to vary the sector's award.

New powers needed to deter serial litigants: FWC bench

An FWC full bench has called for the Commission to win stronger powers to curb "serial litigation", after it awarded indemnity costs against a worker who sought to overturn a failed four-year-old reclassification ruling.

Pubs tap FWC for loaded rates

Higher-paid hospitality workers' overtime and penalty payments would be rolled up into loaded rates under an award variation proposed by employers in response to COVID-19's impact on the industry.

Bench upholds construction shiftwork ruling

A traffic management company seeking a deal paying night workers shift loadings instead of higher overtime rates even if they don't take over from a preceding shift has lost its appeal bid after refusing to give an undertaking to overcome the deficiency.

Bench rules on casual terms in awards

A five-member FWC full bench led by President Iain Ross has today largely confirmed its provisional views on casual terms in modern awards.