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Spike in vax-related claims, FWC tells inquiry

The FWC received about 160 unfair dismissal applications that included a reference to COVID-19 vaccinations over a six-week period between late September and mid-November, tribunal officials have told a parliamentary inquiry.

FWC full bench rules BHP's vax mandate "unreasonable"

In a decision that threatens to undermine employer attempts to impose COVID-19 vaccination mandates, a five-member FWC bench has ruled BHP failed to adequately consult with workers at its Mt Arthur mine before announcing deadlines on site access.

CUB had right to resist reinstatement of on-hire worker: Full Court

A full Federal Court has dismissed an on-hire worker's bid to overturn a FWC ruling that it could not force a labour hire company to reinstate him to his former job at client CUB, upholding the tribunal's finding giving primacy to the host employer's right to determine who it allowed on its site.

Government should send wharf disputes straight to FWC, says NFF

The National Farmers' Federation has called on the Federal Government to refer maritime industrial disputes straight to the FWC for arbitration, as one of several moves to improve international freight supply chains.

NTEU trumpets "status quo-shaking" workload ruling

In a workloads decision the NTEU says will "shake the status quo at the foundations", the FWC has held a university's model breached its agreement as it is not based on quantitative standards and "strays too far" from what the evidence points to as a median requirement.

Blowtorch on parliamentary workplace as Tudge steps aside

In a powerful postscript to the release this week of Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins' review of parliamentary workplace behaviour, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has asked Education Minister Alan Tudge to stand aside from Cabinet pending a ministerial conduct investigation into allegations made by a former staffer.

Virgin deleting COVID vax proof after health profile concerns

The aircraft engineers union says no employers should require proof of COVID-19 inoculations that include individual healthcare identifiers, with Virgin agreeing in consent orders to delete the material amid concerns they could be used to access medical histories for other purposes.

Coles' backpay $100M short, claims FWO

The FWO alleges in court proceedings filed yesterday that Coles owes its managers about $100 million more than it has made allowance for following internal payroll audits looking at the underpayments.

CFMMEU leader faces court over alleged credit card misuse

The ROC has begun civil penalty proceedings against CFMMEU mining and energy division Queensland district president Stephen Smyth over alleged union credit card misuse, including expenses incurred on family trips.