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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.

Mental illness should have led judge to consider litigation guardian: Bench

A teacher claiming bullying "on a shocking scale" can proceed with his adverse action case after a full Federal Court found the lower court judge who dismissed the matter over mental health concerns failed to properly consider whether to appoint a litigation guardian.

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.