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Greens seek Fair Work Act protection for gig workers

Legislation introduced to Parliament today by the Greens would empower the FWC to make "minimum entitlements orders" to bring gig and other "non-standard" workers under the protection of the Fair Work Act.

Court shaves $645,000 off entitlements claimed via "absurd" maths

In rejecting as "absurd" the expert evidence of a forensic accountant who calculated that Ambulance Victoria owed an on-call media officer $800,000 in unpaid entitlements, the Federal Circuit Court has instead ordered the employer to pay her $155,000, including for time spent sleeping.

Consulates must yield to local IR laws: Bench

An Italian consulate has failed to convince a full Federal Court that it is immune from underpayment claims pursued under Australian IR laws by two former employees who signed contracts linking their entitlements to Italian legal and industrial arrangements.

Ditch dodgy banks, ACTU urges industry super funds

ACTU secretary Sally McManus has called for the $590 billion industry superannuation fund sector to reconsider their commercial relationships with "dodgy banks" named at the Hayne Royal Commission into the finance sector.

HR expert's "incorrect" advice to wife scuttles dismissal claim

A health care clinic manager has failed to persuade the FWC that her HR-expert husband's representative error and the so-called "reverse synergy effect" resulting from her son’s concurrent unfair dismissal claim explained her application arriving 32 days' late.


Better reasons needed for flexible work vetos, under FWC proposal

The FWC has rejected the ACTU's bid for a new entitlement for working parents and carers to work flexible hours, but has provisionally indicated it intends to publish a model award clause that will extend the right to request flexible work to casuals with six months service and require employers to provide more explanation for refusing requests.

AiG seeks nip and tuck for hair and beauty penalty rates

Hair and beauty industry employers are seeking in a submission lodged today that the FWC cut Sunday and public holiday penalty rates by a similar amount to the reductions ordered for retail and pharmacy sectors in last year’s landmark ruling.

BHP subsidiary's direction not reasonable: Tribunal

In a novel decision on the need to consider alternative duties for incapacitated workers, the FWC has found an agreement clause requiring directions to be reasonable trumped BHP Coal's common law right to refuse to allow a mineworker to perform only part of his job.