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Tribunal head vents over member's "imprecise" decision

A tribunal head has taken the unusual step of critiquing a member's "imprecise" decision that required an appeal bench to review evidence to identify the reasoning behind his findings.

COVID-19 stand down designed to avoid big payout: FWC

The FWC has ordered a recruitment company to immediately end the stand-down of a state manager after rejecting its claim that COVID-19 left her with no work, finding instead that it sought to force her to resign.

Worker to repay FEG amount in Plutus washup

A worker must repay his $31,000 FEG payment after a tribunal found that he was employed by a retail chain and not by the now liquidated Plutus Payroll.

Private sector pay deals defy COVID-19 downturn

Pay rises in private sector agreements approved in the June quarter reached 3% for the first time in 18 months, despite the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Attorney-General's Department data bedevilled by an inability to quantify increases for 76,000 workers.

Employer had no obligation to consult with uncovered worker: FWC

In a decision underlining the perils faced by workers who are not covered by awards or enterprise agreements, the FWC has found an employer had no statutory obligation to consult an employee about its plans to make him redundant.


High Court to hear crucial bid to overturn severance ruling

The High Court will next month hear two special leave applications challenging findings that, in considering ordinary turnover of labour, employees' reasonable expectation of continuing work helps determine their entitlement to redundancy pay.

Estate agency sacked stellar seller after JobKeeper agitation

The FWC has ordered compensation for an award-winning Ray White real estate salesperson sacked after "stirring the pot" over plans to pass on only a proportion of JobKeeper payments to commission-based employees.


Post-lockdown Melbourne to coax big employers back to the city

After more than a fortnight without a locally-acquired coronavirus case, the City of Melbourne is seeking agreement from major employers to sign a "CEO pledge" committing to enticing 70% of their workforces back to the office once they are allowed to do so under government health policies.