The FWC has expedited the hearing of the restaurant industry's bid to vary its award to boost hours and leave flexibility as it shifts to a COVID-19 business model based on takeaways and home delivery.
The coronavirus pandemic requires a temporary but fundamental reconsideration of the Fair Work Act's safety net, according to a joint bid to vary a key award to provide substantial operational and hours flexibility.
In a significant decision on duty of care, a former public prosecutor and mother of two traumatised by having to prepare a large volume of child s-xual offence cases has been awarded more than $400,000 in damages.
IR Minister Christian Porter and a major food manufacturer have told the High Court that sick and carers leave must be calculated on average hours, not calendar days, in their challenge to a decision claimed to potentially leave employers an extra $2 billion out of pocket each year.
New rules for recording the working hours of junior lawyers and paralegals are set to take effect from March, despite protests from major law firms, while up to a million clerical employees are set to be subject to similar provisions.
In a decision that could have employers re-thinking standard travel and hours terms in agreements, the Federal Court has found in favour of a CFMMEU-backed class action that argued workers should be paid for transit time between security gates and their worksite.
In a significant decision on the nature of work, the FWC has ruled that employees required to attend a worksite assembly point by a prescribed time before being transported to a pre-start meeting should be paid for the intervening period.