The CFMMEU's court challenge to the COVID-19 reduction in notice periods for agreement changes opened this morning, with the union opposing IR Minister Christian Porter's bid to admit evidence on 30 recent variation applications, countering that he could deal with it by issuing a media release.
The Morrison Government has flagged potential legislative change as the full Federal Court's Rossato ruling sends "shockwaves" among employers, while an academic says it is untenable for casuals to receive both loading and leave entitlements.
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One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson has called for the Morrison Government to pull back from new regulations that cut the notice period that employers are required to give employees of proposed changes to enterprise agreements from seven days to a minimum of one day.
Attorney-General and IR Minister Christian Porter has stressed that employers cannot insist that employees use the Federal Government's COVIDSafe tracing app, with breaches attracting fines of up to $63,000 and five years' jail.
The FWC has asked the Federal Government for extra resources to deal with a coronavirus-driven "surge" in unfair dismissal claims, according to the tribunal's president, who also expects the pandemic will bring about a permanent change in the organisation's operations, with many members and staff to continue working from home.
A full Federal Court is likely before the end of the month to hear the CFMMEU's challenge to the Morrison Government's regulation that reduces from seven days to one day the required notice of changes to agreements during the coronavirus crisis.
An FWC full bench has asked the Morrison Government whether it will boost funding to compensate employers if it grants a contested $5-an-hour COVID-19 allowance claim for disability workers attending to self-isolated and quarantining clients.
Employers will soon have access to a "complete toolkit" to achieve "COVIDsafe" workplaces when their businesses "reanimate" after the coronavirus hibernation, the Federal Government promised this afternoon, while the chief medical officer addressed the question of whether the coronavirus means the end of hotdesking.