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"Old-fashioned" permits to keep essential workers moving

The Victorian government is poised to implement a system of written permits for essential workers, the production of which on request will be needed once a range of Melbourne businesses are required to close from midnight tomorrow.






Virus halts work on $315m 'Beyoncé tower'

In what represents a breach of some of the strictest workplace biosecurity controls in the country, a $315 million apartment project in Melbourne's CBD has been shut for a "hospital grade" clean after 12 coronavirus cases were confirmed among construction workers.

Timing OK, but consultation lacking over uni job cuts: FWC

In an instructive decision on when employers should communicate major job-cutting proposals to workers, the FWC has endorsed Deakin University's timing but told it to engage at an institution-wide level after finding its 15-area carve-up left "no opportunity" for meaningful consultation.

Big fines introduced for workplace COVID-19 breaches

Self-employed people and employers in Victoria who fail to notify WorkSafe about positive COVID-19 tests or confirmed coronavirus cases attending workplaces in the infectious period now face a fine of up to $39,652 for individuals and $198,264 for a body corporate.