Long-time online hearings proponent Commissioner Leigh Johns says the FWC will survey self-represented applicants and respondents to obtain the views of "outsiders" on the way forward for digital proceedings, after "insiders" appeared to hanker for the "good old days".
The Morrison Government has declined to endorse the FWC's provisional view extending 10 days' paid domestic leave to about 2.6 million award-covered workers, a decision partly based on evidence that it is an "emerging standard" in bargaining and over-award arrangements.
An experienced tribunal member failed to properly apply the statutory test for assessing unfair dismissals before ordering the reinstatement of six waterfront shift managers, a FWC full bench has found.
A former Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills partner is suing the advisory firm for $13 million after claiming that it constructively dismissed him for questioning major client Lendlease's "aggressive" approach to tax on several projects.
Agreement approvals have almost halved in the space of about a decade, according to the latest three-yearly FWC general manager's reports, while almost 60% of the 12,300 endorsed in the most recent reporting period contained undertakings.
It would be "most logical" for Labor if it takes power on May 21 to create a Fair Work court to sit alongside the FWC and deal with wage theft, discrimination and more, according to an employment law and IR academic who says this might also enable it to "rebalance" appointments.
An Albanese Labor Government will "fix the stack" of the Fair Work Commission bench before returning to the convention of making half of new appointments from employer backgrounds and half from unions, according to Shadow IR Minister Tony Burke.