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NSW pay freeze thaws but cap revived

The Berejiklian Coalition Government will relax its COVID-19 public sector wage freeze from July 1, moving back to the former 2.5%-a-year cap, and introduce paid leave for workers who suffer a stillbirth or miscarriage.

Rider not an employee, says Deliveroo

Deliveroo maintains no "work-wages bargain" existed between it and a food delivery driver, in its foreshadowed appeal against last month's high-profile FWC ruling that he was an employee protected from unfair dismissal.



Impose joint safety obligation on employers/labour suppliers: Report

An inquiry into a "terrifying" accident last year in which five mineworkers sustained serious burns has found that labour hire and contract work is "entrenched" in the Queensland coal mining industry and has recommended that employers and labour suppliers bear joint responsibility for safety compliance.


Corruption watchdog issues warning on gendered hiring

A report probing Queensland Police's use of discriminatory recruitment practices to prevent engagement of more meritorious males, to meet a 50% gender equity target, is a lesson in organisational culture and corruption risks, says the State's corruption commission.

Post-sacking conduct didn't make separation valid: Bench

FWC Deputy President Gerard Boyce has again run afoul of a tribunal bench, which has reminded him that conduct months after a dismissal cannot be considered when deciding whether an employer has a valid reason.

Employer's appeal slashes big payout to former manager

A manager unfairly accused of being a "malingerer" has had his near-$900,000 unlawful sacking payout slashed on appeal, a judge finding the original ruling contained enough errors to reduce the figure but stopping short of ordering a retrial.

Reasons for court's six-year delay to remain a "mystery"

Lawyers for a Boral worker who waited six years for a decision in her sexual harassment case say reasons for the delay will have to "remain a mystery" after the Information Commissioner affirmed the rejection of her FOI request.