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COVID-19 "disconnect" compelled chair's replacement: Company

An ASX-listed agribusiness accused of constructively sacking its chair when it cut his pay by $200,000 and demoted him claims it replaced him after COVID-19 caused a "disconnect" and its chief executive and secretary both complained about his conduct.

CFMMEU says claim on burgeoning business justified

The CFMMEU's manufacturing division has defended a claim for annual pay rises of 4% at a major Melbourne packaging plant, arguing the business has boomed during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Hanson senator a threat to IR bill

Pauline Hanson's One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts has warned that his longstanding concerns over the treatment of casual coal mining workers could influence his vote on the Morrison Government's forthcoming IR Bill.

Employer's "tin ear" over remote worker's COVID-19 pressures

In a decision highlighting the challenges of managing remote workers during a pandemic, the FWC has awarded compensation to a salesperson dismissed after a director took exception to her attitude during a teleconference and drew negative conclusions about her productivity after scrutinising her Instagram posts.

Independent schools' bargaining "out of step": IEU

The IEU is accusing the NSW Association of Independent Schools of using COVID-19 as an excuse to breach good faith bargaining requirements and abandon centralised negotiations on behalf of 220 schools, but the peak body says they are still "on foot".

Virgin management assuages union with jobs commitment

The TWU will resume enterprise bargaining talks with Virgin Australia after being reassured by the incoming management that the airline intends to fulfil a previous commitment to "ultimately employ" about 6000 workers.

JobKeeper "rort" accused defends sacking amid AFP investigation

A company accused of sacking a manager for refusing to "rort" JobKeeper has told a court it dismissed him for poor performance and a loss of trust, but has declined to plead to many allegations due to an ongoing criminal investigation.

Bench refuses to overturn COVID-19 pay-reduction variation

In a decision traversing the circumstances in which the FWC will make findings about the legal status of Fair Work regulations, a full bench has rejected a bid to quash a coronavirus-driven agreement variation on the basis that recently-repealed shorter access provisions were invalid.

High take-up of JobKeeper flexibilities: Review

About three-quarters of employers that participated in the JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme used the temporary IR flexibilities such as employee stand-downs, according to a new report.

FWC accepts stressed WFH paralegal responsible for delay

The FWC has extended time for an employee sacked for allegedly persistently flouting a COVID-19 OHS plan, after it accepted her law firm's explanation that the stresses of working from home hampered the mental health of the paralegal responsible for lodging her claim.