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High take-up of JobKeeper flexibilities: Review

About three-quarters of employers that participated in the JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme used the temporary IR flexibilities such as employee stand-downs, according to a new report.

Virgin plans up in air after Scurrah exit; Qantas appeals

Virgin Australia's goal of promptly securing agreements with unions for its downsized rebirth faces a new hurdle after the resignation today of chief executive Paul Scurrah, while Qantas has confirmed it has filed its challenge to the recent Federal Court JobKeeper ruling.

McManus joins jostling over IR changes

ACTU secretary Sally McManus is hopeful that agreement can be reached on a legal definition of casual employees, despite the Morrison Government's IR working groups ending with recriminations between union and employer groups.

Porter promises pragmatic package of IR changes

Any IR legislative package introduced by the Morrison Government after the working groups process will be pragmatic, balanced and realistic and won't be ideologically-driven, IR Minister Christian Porter told employers in WA this morning.

No insistence on AWA revival in IR groups: Employers

A key employer group has rejected ACTU claims that business interests advocated the re-introduction of Work Choices-style AWAs in the Morrison Government's IR working groups.

Waste giant scraps chief's share options

The board of Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd has announced today that is abandoning plans to issue shares worth about $2.3 million to chief executive Vik Bansal, after complaints about his "overly assertive behaviour" in the workplace.

Porter cool on small business award; & more

IR Minister cool on small business award; $20,000 penalty for blocking CFMMEU safety entry; and FWC to consider extending vehicle award flexibilities.

Underpaying corporates piling pressure on stretched FWO: Parker

Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker says the number of large corporations under investigation for underpayment has risen to 70, forcing the agency to redeploy staff while also having to deal with a spike in inquiries due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Government makes regulations, rules for JobKeeper 2.0

The Federal Government has today made regulations that IR Minister Christian Porter says will clarify the operation of the temporary IR flexibilities available to employers under the legislation extending Jobkeeper for six months beyond September 28.

Working group employers leery of ACTU-BCA pact

A majority of employer organisations have heatedly rejected a joint position agreed between the Business Council of Australia and the ACTU over changes to the law covering agreement-making, while IR Minister Christian Porter says discussions are continuing and that differences of opinion should come as no surprise.