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Give five days' strike warning during COVID-19: FWC

Hutchinson Ports has won an extended five-day notice period for industrial action after failing to do so last year, winning a ruling that the coronavirus pandemic has tipped the balance and created exceptional circumstances.

Watchdog to have less bite during virus crisis

In a coronavirus-driven strategy shift, the Fair Work Ombudsman will temporarily consider the "impact on viability" when deciding whether to prosecute employers, but has stressed it will still require underpayments to be made good.

Tribunal orders A-G's to make FEG retrenchment payment

The AAT has overruled the Attorney-General's Department's refusal to make a FEG redundancy payment to a worker who claims she stayed on at the administrator's request to help with winding-down a failed company, but then had her retrenchment payout denied when employee numbers fell from 60 to below the eligibility threshold of 15.

MUA pursuing docks deals as COVID-19 hits trade

The MUA has vowed to press ahead with bargaining at four stevedores despite employer resistance to its policy stance against automation and outsourcing of work.

Victorian outbreak highlights continuing uncertainty: Clerks bench

In reasons now published for extending COVID-19 variations to the clerks award despite ASU arguments they are no longer needed, an FWC full bench says Victoria's "second surge" in cases highlights continuing risk and uncertainty.

Tribunal lauds employer's handling of safety-shy worker

The FWC has upheld the "scrupulously fair" sacking of a second-in-charge installation worker over multiple safety breaches, including some so fundamental he should not have needed training to prevent them.


Court rejects Qantas Group bid to sideline FWC

The Federal Court has ruled today that the FWC has the power to arbitrate a dispute between the ALAEA and Qantas and Jetstar over coronavirus-related stand downs.

Court reschedules Workpac adverse action hearing

Two years after BHP Coal failed to block reinstated Workpac labour hire mineworker Kim Star from returning to its Bowen Basin coal mine, the Federal Court will hear her substantive adverse action claim against the resources giant.