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Video hearings languish as FWC goes virtual

The arrival of the coronavirus pandemic in mid-March underpinned an increase in the number of FWC hearings and conferences in the year to June 30, and a near-doubling of those conducted by phone, but failed to spark a corresponding shift in the use of video as the world turned to Zoom and Teams.

Hanson senator a threat to IR bill

Pauline Hanson's One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts has warned that his longstanding concerns over the treatment of casual coal mining workers could influence his vote on the Morrison Government's forthcoming IR Bill.

Employer's "tin ear" over remote worker's COVID-19 pressures

In a decision highlighting the challenges of managing remote workers during a pandemic, the FWC has awarded compensation to a salesperson dismissed after a director took exception to her attitude during a teleconference and drew negative conclusions about her productivity after scrutinising her Instagram posts.

"Tight", but IR Bill due before Parliament this year

IR Minister Christian Porter has been in possession of a "working draft" of the planned IR omnibus legislation since last Wednesday, ahead of plans to introduce it to Parliament before Christmas, departmental officials confirmed today.

Independent schools' bargaining "out of step": IEU

The IEU is accusing the NSW Association of Independent Schools of using COVID-19 as an excuse to breach good faith bargaining requirements and abandon centralised negotiations on behalf of 220 schools, but the peak body says they are still "on foot".

"Regressive" IR system prompts teachers' inquiry into work value

The NSW Teachers Federation says the state's "regressive" IR system and the denial of its ability to run a work value case has prompted it to commission an independent inquiry to support bargaining, being live-streamed today.

Virgin management assuages union with jobs commitment

The TWU will resume enterprise bargaining talks with Virgin Australia after being reassured by the incoming management that the airline intends to fulfil a previous commitment to "ultimately employ" about 6000 workers.

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.