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Paid pandemic leave extended; & more

FWC extends paid pandemic leave for aged care workers; Gulf between perception and reality on resources jobs; and Minimum wage bench seeks research on virus effects.

7-Eleven yet to commit to renewing deed with watchdog

The FWO is urging 7-Eleven to enter into a second compliance deed, following "substantial improvements" to payroll and time-recording systems and audits leading to backpayments of more than $102,000 under its first arrangement.

Teacher accused of grooming loses "working with children" permit

A tribunal has upheld the revocation of a high school teacher's working with children authorisation after finding that while accusations and behaviours consistent with grooming had not been conclusively established, he continued to put himself in compromising situations.

FSU seeks broader coverage for CBA's 3% offer

The FSU is accusing Australia's largest general insurance company of using COVID-19 as an excuse to reduce a pay offer and tie it to performance, while the union is also agitating for the CBA to extend a full 3% pay rise to workers on individual contracts.

Big employer fell short of its investigation standards: FWC

An ASX-listed company failed to meet its own standards for investigating alleged misconduct when it neglected to interview two key witnesses and relied upon a manager's inaccurate account of a worker's response to accusations, the FWC has found.

Watchdog probing Sydney construction stoppages

The ABCC is investigating stoppages at five Sydney building projects overseen by two builders ahead of possible protected industrial action ballots by members of the CFMMEU, which is pursuing a new pattern agreement.

COVID-19 "disconnect" compelled chair's replacement: Company

An ASX-listed agribusiness accused of constructively sacking its chair when it cut his pay by $200,000 and demoted him claims it replaced him after COVID-19 caused a "disconnect" and its chief executive and secretary both complained about his conduct.

CFMMEU says claim on burgeoning business justified

The CFMMEU's manufacturing division has defended a claim for annual pay rises of 4% at a major Melbourne packaging plant, arguing the business has boomed during the COVID-19 lockdown.