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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.


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.

Tribunal rejects suspended lawyer's bid for barrister's FB posts

A solicitor suspended for his "unprofessional" opposition to mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations has failed to convince a tribunal that Facebook should be forced to produce posts from the 'Lawyer Mums Australia' page administered by one of his chief critics.

FWC full bench rules BHP's vax mandate "unreasonable"

In a decision that threatens to undermine employer attempts to impose COVID-19 vaccination mandates, a five-member FWC bench has ruled BHP failed to adequately consult with workers at its Mt Arthur mine before announcing deadlines on site access.

Virgin deleting COVID vax proof after health profile concerns

The aircraft engineers union says no employers should require proof of COVID-19 inoculations that include individual healthcare identifiers, with Virgin agreeing in consent orders to delete the material amid concerns they could be used to access medical histories for other purposes.

Union expels protesting anti-vax members

The CFMMEU construction and general division's Victorian branch has expelled eight members who took part in violent anti-vaccination protests in September outside its Melbourne offices.