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Member "misapplied" safety procedure in reinstating worker: Bench

BlueScope Steel has for the second time in a year succeeded in challenging the reinstatement of a worker dismissed for a critical safety breach, an FWC full bench resoundingly rejecting a tribunal member's characterisation of the incident as "minor".

BHP resumes bid to secure labour hire agreements

BHP will next week make a renewed attempt to win approval for two in-house labour enterprise agreements, after an FWC full bench majority ruled last month that its failure to properly explain the proposed pay arrangements meant the workforce did not genuinely agree. 

FWC issues warning to performance-managed workers

In rejecting the unfair dismissal claim of a childcare worker who said she resigned because of bullying, a senior FWC member has observed it is "unfortunately easy" to respond to performance management with counter-allegations.


Employer seeks anti-strike order after COVID-19 walkout

Spotless has applied for orders stopping alleged industrial action at a Melbourne industrial laundry where workers have raised safety concerns after two of them returned positive COVID-19 tests.

Victorian workplaces under virus strain

Victoria's COVID-19 resurgence is causing upheaval across the state's workplaces, with high test results among health and aged care workers forcing the Federal and State governments to introduce emergency staffing measures.


Workplace blitz looming in Melbourne as masks become mandatory

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has criticised a law firm that experienced a coronavirus outbreak for refusing to allow employees to work from home, as Melbourne prepares for an inspection blitz in response to workplaces emerging as the key transmission point for the hundreds of daily cases.

Fortescue, Atlassian push for share scheme changes

The major iron miner Fortescue Metals has called for the income tax exemption ceiling for employee share schemes to be lifted from $1000 to $5000, arguing the cap is too low to provide a "meaningful incentive".

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.