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FWC weighs extending unpaid pandemic leave

In a sign of the continuing uncertainty surrounding COVID-19's impact on workplaces, the FWC will consider extending millions of award-covered employees' entitlement to two weeks unpaid "pandemic leave" to the end of June next year.

Dozing prison guard reinstated after "procedural muddle"

A prison guard who nodded off during shifts has won his job back after a tribunal found proper account had not been taken of his previously undiagnosed sleep apnea and that his dismissal was affected by a "procedural muddle" featuring two decision-makers reaching different conclusions.

Sacked after "coastal lifestyle" warning, claims HR manager

A HR manager who claims Spotless warned him about living a "coastal lifestyle" and being unwilling to work the hours of a salaried employee after relocating to the Sunshine Coast accuses it of sacking him after just six weeks for lodging anti-bullying and workers compensation claims.

Deal's "mere possibility" of future coverage not enough: FWC bench

A NSW company's three-year deal covering prospective maintenance work at Victoria's largest power station has been quashed after less than five months, a FWC full bench finding the "mere possibility" that those who voted the agreement up might in future be covered by it did not justify approval.

Former CFMMEU branch president unfit to hold entry permit: Bench

A FWC full bench has upheld as "legally rational and reasonably available" a finding that CFMMEU construction and general division WA branch organiser Walter "Vinnie" Molina is not a fit and proper person to hold an entry permit.

14-days paid FDV entitlement needed: Study

Just 20% of employers have told an FWC survey they offer paid family and domestic violence leave, while Monash University says "victim-survivor" research shows a minimum 14-days' paid leave is needed alongside "culturally-safe and trauma-informed" workplaces.

UWU planning aged care strikes next year

The UWU has resolved to pursue unprecedented protected strikes in aged care next year unless providers improve wages and care hours.

Submissions due in February for maternity leave review

The newly-announced review of the 1973 Maternity Leave Act provides an opportunity for the Federal Government to resume its role as a pacesetter, according to Sydney University's Professor Marian Baird.

Qantas to unilaterally put deal to long-haul cabin crew

Qantas says it will put a new agreement to international flight attendants for a vote next week without the FAAA's support, after the FWC rejected the union's arguments it would be unfair after extended standdowns and while it seeks to continue bargaining.