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Spirit of JobKeeper favoured retaining worker: FWC

The FWC has found employers are not obliged to keep workers on the payroll because of JobKeeper's availability, but has awarded a manager compensation for unfair dismissal that included 24 weeks of the job subsidy, because retaining him would have been "entirely consistent" with the scheme's objectives.

Single loaded rate unlikely, says FWC president

If the FWC incorporates loaded rates in hospitality and retail awards after a referral from IR Minister Christian Porter, it is likely to involve a range of such rates rather than a single one, the tribunal's president indicated in a statement today.

Virgin goes direct to pilots, after union talks fail

Virgin Australia will unilaterally seek support from its flight crew for a new enterprise deal, after failing to secure backing from its two pilot unions, while agreements for the remainder of the workforce have received the blessing of unions as the best they could achieve to get the relaunched airline back aloft.

Private sector pay deals defy COVID-19 downturn

Pay rises in private sector agreements approved in the June quarter reached 3% for the first time in 18 months, despite the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Attorney-General's Department data bedevilled by an inability to quantify increases for 76,000 workers.


Estate agency sacked stellar seller after JobKeeper agitation

The FWC has ordered compensation for an award-winning Ray White real estate salesperson sacked after "stirring the pot" over plans to pass on only a proportion of JobKeeper payments to commission-based employees.

Expert laments ad hoc approach to public sector pay

A leading economics and IR academic says the Morrison Government's decision to ditch public servants' 2% pay rise cap and instead link increases with private sector WPI adjustments is a missed opportunity that will "make a bad situation worse".

Treasury seeks to calm fears over JobMaker "bias"

Treasury officials have sought to reassure senators that if employers recruit and engage young workers under the Morrison Government's $4 billion JobMaker hiring credit scheme, they won't breach the Age Discrimination Act.

New public sector pay rise cap "economic idiocy": Unions

NSW unions have vowed to fight a plan by the Berejiklian Government to cap annual public sector pay rises at 1.5% for the next three years, replacing a previous wage policy allowing increases of up to 2.5%.

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.