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FWC rebuffs coronavirus-hit employer's zero payout bid

The FWC has rejected a Tasmanian produce company's bid to avoid paying redundancy entitlements due to a "paucity" of evidence that it cannot pay and faces insolvency after a 100% coronavirus-related revenue hit.

Contrived process concealed real reasons for sacking: Court

An employer used a "contrived" selection process to make a "stellar" senior employee redundant because of his role as a safety representative and his complaints to a workplace safety regulator, the Federal Court has ruled

FWO probing big banks' pay errors

The Fair Work Ombudsman is investigating underpayments identified by the NAB and Westpac, adding to the long list of inquiries into payroll problems at major corporations.

NSW tribunal seeking new member

NSW's Berejiklian Government is seeking expressions of interest for a new member to fill a vacancy left by Nichola Constant's promotion to State IRC Chief Commissioner this year.

Deal eases COVID-19 tensions at Australia Post

Australia Post and the CEPU have signed a one-year agreement extension that aims to protect job security and take-home pay as the utility switches to a new delivery model amid the strains of coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Union lawyer's oversight no excuse: Bench

A union legal officer's mea culpa over unread emails has not been enough to salvage a late appeal against an agreement, after an FWC full bench found it did not excuse such a "sophisticated" organisation failing to identify that the contentious deal had won approval.

3% a year pattern deal for Victorian construction sector

The CFMMEU construction and general division's Victorian branch has struck an in-principle agreement with several major builders that provides average annual pay rises of 3% over four years and incorporates new measures to attract more women into the industry.

Cup day dismissal not on the nose

Procedural flaws in a worker's summary dismissal on Melbourne Cup day did not outweigh the seriousness of having invited the theft of a company vehicle by leaving the keys in the ignition, the FWC has found.

More than $18 billion of early super released

Some 2.4 million workers gained access to $18.1 billion in super under the coronavirus early release scheme until June 28, while a further 100,000 were waiting for the funds to hit their bank accounts, according to data released by the prudential regulator today.

Tribunal rejects former lawyer's bid to block legal representation

An employer has won permission to have a legal representative defend an unfair dismissal case in the face of opposition from a sacked former employee who failed to disclose he is a highly-experienced lawyer disbarred after a conviction for s-xual assault.