The newly-independent South Australian Senator Rex Patrick says he will now focus on job creation through industry policy and value-added manufacturing to help Australia recover from the coronavirus pandemic rather than "tweaking the IR rules" as sought by the Morrison Government.
New data from the FWC has confirmed the workplace upheaval being wrought by COVID-19, with a leap in unfair dismissal applications, stand-down disputes and agreement variations in pursuit of a wage freeze or deferral.
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.
The Morrison Government has eased the eligibility thresholds for businesses and employees to qualify for the JobKeeper wage subsidy program, largely due to the Victorian coronavirus outbreak that has shut down large parts of the State's economy.
Virgin Australia's new owner Bain Capital says it will retain about 6000 of 9000 direct jobs, with stood-down employees staying on JobKeeper until March as the airline plots a future based on core domestic and short-haul international routes.
Melbourne employers and employees face fines of up to nearly $100,000 and $20,000 respectively for breaching requirements of the State's worker permit scheme due to commence with stage 4 restrictions imposed from 11.59pm tonight.
The Victorian government is poised to implement a system of written permits for essential workers, the production of which on request will be needed once a range of Melbourne businesses are required to close from midnight tomorrow.