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Retailer says sacked GM refused COVID-19 test

Noni B has hit back at claims it unlawfully failed to provide notice and accrued leave entitlements when it retrospectively sacked the general manager of Rockmans, accusing him of misconduct, cover-ups and refusing to undergo testing for COVID-19.

Proposal for five days paid "reproductive health" leave

An HSU branch in Victoria is pursuing an Australian-first claim for five days' annual paid reproductive health and wellbeing leave - to cover IVF treatment, endometriosis, vasectomies and serious menstrual pain - that the ACTU says would foster "more equal and accommodating workplaces".

TWU calls in EY, Bornstein in Qantas jobs row

The Qantas timetable for an in-house bid for the airline's outsourced domestic ground handling services is "unattainable and unrealistic", according to a consultant engaged by the TWU.

Victoria starts consultations on gig economy proposals

Victoria's Andrews Labor Government has opened public consultations into the recommendations of the landmark inquiry into the gig economy workforce, while it has also appointed its first public sector gender equality commissioner.

Redundancy genuine despite HR team's pratfalls

The FWC has accepted an employer's explanation that the "incompetency" of its HR team led it to advertising a redundant position less than two months later and subsequently inviting a former employee to "recommence" his role.

Insistent on-hire worker reasonably refused Coles shifts: FWC

The FWC has rejected an on-hire warehouse worker's unfair dismissal case after weighing evidence that he hectored his supervisors so much about returning after an accident that he was put on client Coles' "do not hire" list.

Senior tribunal member tiptoes through JobKeeper minefield

The FWC has refused to express a view on whether an NRMA-owned cruise operator should be able to withhold JobKeeper payments for a fortnight in which it provided more than $1500 in back pay due under a newly-approved deal.

Missing dismissal email an "unexplained vagary of cyberspace": FWC

The FWC has reinforced the importance of dismissals being communicated face to face after finding that a worker's claim she never received an emailed termination letter had to be put down to an "unexplained vagary of cyberspace".


Unions' petition of offshore workers not "rigged": FWC

Granting unions a majority support determination for a highly casualised group of maintenance workers on offshore oil and gas facilities, the FWC has rejected an employer's claim they sought to "rig" the outcome by cherry-picking the best time to circulate a petition.