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Can disconnect rights best be won by common law, or NES?

The common law could play a "vital role" in securing a right to disconnect from smartphones and leave emails unanswered outside of working hours, but it requires a willing, affected worker with the means to pursue it, according to an Adelaide University academic.

Inquiry into effects of COVID-19 on FWC, workplaces

A House of Representatives standing committee is set to conduct a "short, focused inquiry" into the effects of COVID-19 policy responses on the workplace and the FWC, while it is particularly keen to explore whether vaccine mandates "and demands upon staff to enforce mandates in the workforce, are likely to impact Commission caseload".

New FWC power to confer gig-matching flexibility: Labor

Labor's plan to give the FWC the power to deal with employee-like forms of work has been designed to avoid the deficiencies in domestic and overseas models that highly-flexible platforms have been able to readily evade, according to Shadow IR Minister Tony Burke.

"Colonial past" relevant in ordering Indigenous man's medical test

An appeal board has in overturning an Indigenous eco-education officer's sacking for failing to undergo neurological tests emphasised the need for public sector employers to consider cultural factors when scheduling medical assessments, given the "history of colonial Government control over Aboriginal people and their bodies".

Unjabbed wharfies remain stood down without pay

The Federal Court has dismissed an attempt for a group of wharfies to maintain their wages until their challenge against a COVID-19 vaccination mandate is decided at trial.

Patrick bargaining resumes after FWC brokers truce

Major stevedore Patrick has withdrawn its application to terminate industrial action at its container terminals after the MUA agreed that no further action would be notified before December 10.

Federal Government planning to bolster whistleblower protections

Assistant Attorney-General Senator Amanda Stoker has told a whistleblowing symposium today that the Morrison Government plans to strengthen support and protections for disclosers and to bring the public sector scheme into line with the private sector regime.

Teenage worker sacked for getting jab: Law firm

Maurice Blackburn has lodged a discrimination complaint with the Human Rights Commission on behalf of a Gold Coast teenager who alleges she lost her job at a pizza shop for inoculating herself against COVID-19.

Labor says FWO acting like ABCC, ROC

Shadow IR Minister Tony Burke has today attacked Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker's approach to "insecure" work, accusing her of "spin", mischaracterising Labor's policy position and operating in a manner similar to that of the "partisan" ABCC and ROC.

Court throws out Catholic ambo's vax challenge

The NSW Supreme Court has rejected another challenge to the State's powers to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for categories of workers, ruling against a senior ambulance officer and religion-based "conscientious objector" to inoculation.