The FWC has extended time for an employee sacked for allegedly persistently flouting a COVID-19 OHS plan, after it accepted her law firm's explanation that the stresses of working from home hampered the mental health of the paralegal responsible for lodging her claim.
The FWC has refused a Victorian food manufacturer's bid to block the UWU's entry to reduce COVID-19 risks and because it suspected the union of waging an industrial campaign by issuing multiple notices about alleged coronavirus safety breaches.
The CFMMEU's MUA division has failed to convince a senior FWC member that it is unreasonable to refuse entry to an offshore vessel to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and to instead require it to use a landside meeting room.
The FWC has held that DP World was not entitled to deduct pay from Port Botany workers who refused to work on a ship due to safety concerns, while finding it should provide half pay to those stood down after it received prohibition notices.
Victoria has issued improvement notices to 68 workplaces since late July as part of its COVID-19 safety blitz that accompanied the return to stage 4 restrictions in Melbourne and stage 3 restriction in the regions.
An FWC full bench has in the face of employer opposition decided to grant paid pandemic leave for workers covered by the aged care, nurses and health professionals awards for a three-month period from tomorrow.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has today identified precarious work as a substantial driver of the State's escalating coronavirus second wave, while the Melbourne-based head of the ABCC is under fire for leaving the virus hotspot to conduct a compulsory examination in Brisbane.
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.
The FWC has upheld a recruitment company's dismissal of a consultant who refused, as the coronavirus pandemic escalated in early March, to complete a survey about his recent history of travel to destinations with moderate to high COVID-19 risks.