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FWC set to extend paid pandemic leave until late March

A five-member FWC full bench has today given any objectors until Monday to respond to its "provisional view" that it should extend COVID-19 paid pandemic leave provisions in three major health awards for five months.

CFMMEU threatens to report recalcitrant subbies to ABCC

The CFMMEU construction and general division's NSW branch has warned sub-contractors that have signed its new pattern agreement they face being reported to the ABCC unless they switch to a nine-day fortnight from December 1.

Judge carpets "intransigent" federal agency

The Federal Circuit Court has criticised the Federal Department of Agriculture for taking a "belligerent", "intransigent course" in resisting an extension of time and seeking costs against a former employee despite her lawyers accepting full responsibility.

Bonus smokes supervisor's dismissal claim

A marijuana-smoking supervisor who allegedly resigned after declining a drug test has had his unfair dismissal claim thrown out because a "project uplift" allowance of at least 25% counted as earnings that pushed him beyond the high-income threshold.

Panel confirms suggestive poster discriminatory

In a decision upholding a finding that Sydney Water and a consultancy discriminated against a worker by displaying her photo on a poster titled "Feel great - lubricate!", a tribunal has confirmed even inadvertent double entendres can constitute s-xual harassment.

S-xually-harassed manager wins aggravated damages payment

A third-party courier driver who s-xually harassed a Sanity manager when he slapped her on the bottom, repeatedly called her the "lewd" name "Juicy Lucy" and asked many times about her relationship status has been ordered to pay aggravated damages, largely for retaliating by serving her with a defamation letter in response to her internal complaint.

UK "maximum wage" proposal flawed: Expert

A UK proposal to cap wages at £100,000 ($180,000) to finance low- and middle-income-earners' increases is not the best way to redistribute incomes and lift living standards, according to the Centre for Future Work, which says that targeting soaring corporate profits is "more powerful".

Victoria trialling workplace COVID-19 saliva tests

Victoria's Andrews Government is working with the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity on trials of workplace surveillance testing for COVID-19 that rely on saliva samples rather than the more intrusive nasal swabs.

Court orders $5 million-plus adverse action payout

In a significant general protections ruling, the Federal Court has today ordered an ASX-listed enterprise software company to pay more than $5.2 million in compensation, damages and penalties to a senior employee sacked after he made bullying complaints.

FWC backs BHP's expulsion of defecating worker

The FWC has upheld BHP's sacking of a mineworker who twice defecated in an active drill hole, despite finding it unavoidable on one occasion due to his urgent and explosive diarrhoea.