Working from home is here to stay and will be "more effective for all" if it is supported by formal policies, hours are "relatively fixed hours" and it is voluntary, according to one of two university studies commissioned by the FWC as it considers inserting a WFH clause in the clerks award.
A full Federal Court has confirmed that 150 workers were entitled to be paid for the 20-minute bus ride to a major energy project's security gate at the end of each shift, after one of the judges rejected a request to recuse himself because he had acted for the employer during negotiations for the deal at the heart of the dispute.
The CFMMEU construction and general division's NSW branch has warned sub-contractors that have signed its new pattern agreement they face being reported to the ABCC unless they switch to a nine-day fortnight from December 1.
The FWC has used the further extension of COVID-19-related flexibilities in the clerks award to advance its campaign for enduring changes in working-from-home arrangements, calling on employers and unions to report back on possible variations to address the issue by early next month.
The SDA has failed to establish that rostering provisions in the Coles Supermarkets agreement should stop the supermarket giant from forcing a team leader with children's soccer and babysitting commitments to increase her weekend shifts.
The FWC has taken the initiative of releasing a draft award schedule addressing working-from-home arrangements, describing it as conversation-starter that recognises the need to adapt to COVID-19 realities.
An FWC full bench has accepted Prosegur's pared-back JobKeeper-enabling directions, which reduce the minimum fortnightly hours of full-time armoured vehicle operators to 60, while it has provided separate assurances for part-timers and casuals.
A hospital cleaner who spent a third of his working time in a tea room has failed to convince the FWC that he was sacked for unsatisfactory performance rather than serious misconduct and therefore should have been warned
In a decision highlighting the need for JobKeeper-enabling directions to be reasonable, an FWC full bench has quashed a finding that Prosegur rightly required full-time, part-time and casual armoured vehicle operators to work a minimum 25 hours a week.