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Booming FWC workload confirms COVID-19 upheaval

New data from the FWC has confirmed the workplace upheaval being wrought by COVID-19, with a leap in unfair dismissal applications, stand-down disputes and agreement variations in pursuit of a wage freeze or deferral.

Court scuppers FWO's unlawful strike case against seafarers

The FWO's pursuit of penalties over a crew's "sit-in" on a decommissioned trading vessel has been potentially scuppered by a Federal Court finding that they were not covered by an agreement at the time.

Reinstatement after racist message due to "inexplicable" HR failings

The Reserve Bank must reinstate a senior network engineer who accidentally posted to a WhatsApp workplace group a racist message meant for his wife, the FWC finding its procedural failings despite HR expertise to be "simply inexplicable".

Wife's sacking ultimatum not a genuine retrenchment

A business operator forced to choose between retaining an employee or maintaining his relationship with his wife must pay six months lost remuneration after failing to convince the FWC that dismissing his national sales manager was a case of genuine redundancy.


Bench buckets construction employer bid for JobKeeper flexibilities

An FWC full bench has today rejected a "misconceived' bid by construction employers to "level the playing field" by extending JobKeeper award flexibilities to ineligible companies in the sector, but has left the door open for changes due to the new Level 4 restrictions implemented in response to Victoria's second coronavirus wave.

Victorian builders say revisions aid mobility

Victoria's construction industry has welcomed changes to the restrictions to be imposed on multi-storey buildings from midnight, saying they should enable work to continue.

Wages in the freezer: RBA

The central bank says a substantial proportion of employees have had their wages cut or frozen or had pay reviews delayed, while 35% of employers in its liaison program expect to maintain a freeze for the next year.

Easing of JobKeeper eligibility thresholds after Victorian outbreak

The Morrison Government has eased the eligibility thresholds for businesses and employees to qualify for the JobKeeper wage subsidy program, largely due to the Victorian coronavirus outbreak that has shut down large parts of the State's economy.

Profanities and "bloodshed everywhere" warning justified sacking

The FWC has upheld the sacking of a truck salesperson whose loud swearing was overheard by customers while already on a final warning for saying there would be "bloodshed everywhere" if his employer did not resolve his issues.