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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.

Union threatens to take AFL to industrial umpire

A major union has threatened to take the AFL to the Fair Work Commission if adverse action is taken against an employee for engaging in lawful industrial activity.

Andrews tweaks lockdown as employers highlight problems

The Victorian government will give major warehouses and distributions an extra 48 hours to comply with a lockdown requirement to reduce their staffing to two-thirds of their normal levels.


Employer's direction to 70-year-old childcare worker "callous": FWC

A 70-year-old childcare worker has been reinstated after a finding that she was forced to resign in the face of her the employer's "callous" direction to relocate to a distant workplace and accept a role change that involved changing nappies.