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Act doesn't permit coronavirus-driven stand downs: Union

The IEU is challenging moves by several Victorian independent schools to stand down teachers as they manage the effects of the coronavirus and the shift to remote learning, arguing they are unlawful because the schools can find useful work for the teachers to perform.

FWC makes first COVID-19 redundancy pay rulings

The FWC, in contrasting redundancy decisions delivered on the same day, has agreed to slash the payment a small, pandemic-affected business must make to a worker, but has rejected another employer's bid to do the same for three of its former employees.


Interim bullying orders not anti-sacking "tool": FWC

A senior FWC member says the tribunal cannot issue interim anti-bullying orders merely because there is a serious question to be tried, while it has made it clear to a worker that such an order is not a tool to prevent her dismissal until her matter is determined.

COVID-19 spurs union-employer bid for award flexibility

FWC President Iain Ross will this afternoon hear a joint application by the UWU and the Australian Hotels Association to vary the hospitality award 2010 to help businesses to save jobs as the coronavirus crisis bites.

Flying Kangaroo standing down 20,000 workers

Qantas will stand down two-thirds of its 30,000 employees for at least 10 weeks as it imposes further cuts to flights after the latest Federal Government advice against travelling overseas.