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Legal representation denied despite "difficulties" for HR manager

The FWC has found that allowing a large employer to be legally represented would be "manifestly unfair", rejecting its argument that excessive complexity would arise from its HR manager having to conduct the case and act as a witness.


No need to change Act to address gig workers: AiG

The Ai Group has warned against a key recommendation of Victoria's landmark inquiry into the on-demand workforce, which called for codification of work status in the Fair Work Act rather than relying on "indistinct" common law tests.

Bench refuses to overturn COVID-19 pay-reduction variation

In a decision traversing the circumstances in which the FWC will make findings about the legal status of Fair Work regulations, a full bench has rejected a bid to quash a coronavirus-driven agreement variation on the basis that recently-repealed shorter access provisions were invalid.

Tribunal reverses safety sacking

The FWC has ordered the reinstatement of a mine under-manager with an impeccable 40-year work record but docked $55,000 from his pay for misconduct that resulted in a colleague straining his leg.


Credit card misuse behind CEO's sacking, claims HR consultancy

A HR consultancy claims in its defence of accusations it employed security guards to keep out its chief executive and sacked her because she sought a bully-free workplace that the dismissal was solely brought about by her misuse of a corporate credit card.


Post-COVID-19 ABCC "more important than ever before": McBurney

The construction IR watchdog has vowed to closely police major infrastructure projects as Australia emerges from the pandemic, even as the number of enquiries about unlawful industrial action has plummeted by 65% over the past financial year.

High take-up of JobKeeper flexibilities: Review

About three-quarters of employers that participated in the JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme used the temporary IR flexibilities such as employee stand-downs, according to a new report.