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Vale, Joe Isaac AO

Economist and former Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission presidential member Joe Isaac has died, aged 97.

Gina's inadequately explained rail deal approved via undertakings

A senior FWC member has expressed "no hesitancy" in departing from full bench authorities on whether undertakings can overcome genuine agreement concerns, approving a deal made with two train drivers that will cover an entire workforce on the Roy Hill Pilbara mine network.

HR team given approving tick over inherent requirements sacking

In what stands as a best-practice model for inherent requirements dismissals, the FWC has endorsed an HR department's handling of a complex case involving an injured storeperson unable to lift more than five kilograms.

Senate rejects Labor bid to remove Skene 'shield'

Crossbench senators have helped defeat a Labor bid to disallow regulations that aim to support employers against claims arising from the full Federal Court's Skene decision on casual leave.

Senators consider referring Setka to police over "threats"

Three crossbench Senators are considering what action to take against Victorian CFMMEU leader John Setka for allegedly threatening to campaign against them if they support the government's "ensuring integrity" Bill.

Fire-damaged machinery, not bushfires, caused stand down: Bench

A wood mill operator does not have to pay its former workforce for a five-week stand-down period after an FWC full bench confirmed that the time lost was due to damaged machinery, rather than the bushfires that rendered it inoperative in the first place.

Government seeks High Court leave to appeal Mondelez decision

The Morrison Government and a major employer are seeking leave to appeal to the High Court a significant full Federal Court ruling that 12-hour shift workers were entitled to 10 calendar days of paid personal/carer's leave rather than a lesser amount in line with established conventions.

Department's failure to use HR experts led to unfair sacking: FWC

The Victorian Department of Parliamentary Services' failure to utilise its HR expertise has contributed to a finding that it unfairly sacked a senior electoral officer on the basis that he lost the trust and confidence of the Labor candidate he served.

Health risk cited as FWC issues "no yelling" anti-bullying orders

The FWC has taken a cautious approach in issuing an interim anti-bullying order restraining the co-owner and an employee of a retail business from belittling each other, suppressing identities amid "genuine health concerns" for both parties.

Blocking Uber Eats' app was a sacking: Union

The TWU is appealing an FWC finding that an Uber Eats "delivery partner" who worked in tandem with her husband until the company cancelled their access to the delivery app is not protected from unfair dismissal, because she is not an employee.