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Bench shelves paid pandemic leave bid

An FWC full bench has adjourned the union application to introduce a paid pandemic leave entitlememt for award-covered health and community workers required to self-isolate during the coronavirus crisis.

No "presumption" penalty rate cut tied to minimum wage: Bench

The SDA has failed to head off a double whammy for retail workers whose Sunday penalty rates fall this week despite a delay to minimum wage increases, after an FWC full bench found there was no presumption they should be aligned.


FWC weighing COVID-19 award change extensions as sunset looms

The FWC has told the ACTU and employers to confer on continuing COVID-19 measures in the clerical, fast food, retail, health industry and other awards ahead of a hearing tomorrow, while it is proposing to grant unopposed extensions to hospitality and vehicle awards.



McManus robo-calls offer pledge on IR change

ACTU secretary Sally McManus will tonight use a "robo-call" to about 500,000 lower and middle-income households to explain the union movement's aims heading into the first of the Morrison Government's IR change discussions tomorrow.


COVID-19 clerks award change past use-by date: Union

The ASU says it will object to extending a coronavirus-driven variation to the clerks' award because it has been "superseded" by JobKeeper and Fair Work Act changes, dismissing the employer bid as an attack on the award system.

Panel warned on strength of post-COVID-19 recovery

Federal Treasury has told the FWC's minimum wage panel to be cautious in accepting predictions of a "very strong snapback" in the unemployment rate, as the economy re-opens after the coronavirus pandemic.