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Coalition conveys "serious" concerns about Victorian shutdown

The Morrison Government has raised employer concerns with their Victorian counterparts in the countdown to many Melbourne business and workplaces having to shut down for six weeks from midnight tonight, affecting about 250,000 employees.

Court rejects former lawyer's bid to sideline FWC

The Federal Court has rejected a disbarred lawyer's attempt to sideline a senior FWC member and the tribunal itself from hearing his unfair dismissal case, while also declining to grant "extreme" orders preventing a law firm from participating in the court proceedings.

FWC bench excludes "COVID-19 months" for commission-based agents

An FWC full bench is inviting submissions by 2pm on an award variation allowing the real estate industry to disregard the COVID-19 months for commission-only employees and place a moratorium on commencing such arrangements.

Virgin 2.0 to shave one-third of workforce

Virgin Australia's new owner Bain Capital says it will retain about 6000 of 9000 direct jobs, with stood-down employees staying on JobKeeper until March as the airline plots a future based on core domestic and short-haul international routes.

Victoria's 'permitted worker' scheme fortified by $100K fines

Melbourne employers and employees face fines of up to nearly $100,000 and $20,000 respectively for breaching requirements of the State's worker permit scheme due to commence with stage 4 restrictions imposed from 11.59pm tonight.

FWC rejects claim sacked manager in pursuit of sore horse

Rejecting an employer's extraordinary claim that a farm manager resigned "out of spite" so she could use her FWC challenge to blackmail it into giving her a horse, the tribunal has held it unfairly dismissed her by forcing her out.

"Old-fashioned" permits to keep essential workers moving

The Victorian government is poised to implement a system of written permits for essential workers, the production of which on request will be needed once a range of Melbourne businesses are required to close from midnight tomorrow.