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Bargaining go-ahead a "big step forward" for gig workers

A new ACCC class exemption for small businesses wanting to collectively bargain is a "big step forward" for gig economy workers and others classified as independent contractors, but it comes with significant limitations, according to IR academics.

JobKeeper "rort" accused defends sacking amid AFP investigation

A company accused of sacking a manager for refusing to "rort" JobKeeper has told a court it dismissed him for poor performance and a loss of trust, but has declined to plead to many allegations due to an ongoing criminal investigation.

Mooted IR changes would rebound on all unions: RAFFWU

RAFFWU has accused the ACTU of using the IR roundtable process to try to limit the role of non-registered unions in negotiating and challenging the approval of agreements, warning such a move will in time be "weaponised" against all unions.

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a full bench has rejected a bid to quash a coronavirus-driven agreement variation on the basis that recently-repealed shorter access provisions were invalid.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.