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Aged care workers granted paid pandemic leave

An FWC full bench has in the face of employer opposition decided to grant paid pandemic leave for aged care workers covered by the aged care, nurses and health professionals awards for a three-month period from tomorrow.

Insecure work fanning Victorian virus outbreak: Andrews

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has today identified precarious work as a substantial driver of the State's escalating coronavirus second wave, while the Melbourne-based head of the ABCC is under fire for leaving the virus hotspot to conduct a compulsory examination in Brisbane.

New COVID-19 crisis might justify paid pandemic leave: Bench

Surging coronavirus cases in Victoria have today prompted an FWC full bench to seek urgent submissions on a provisional view that it should now vary the aged care award to provide paid pandemic leave for employees, including casuals, who must self-isolate.

Order to complete COVID-19 survey a lawful direction

The FWC has upheld a recruitment company's dismissal of a consultant who refused, as the coronavirus pandemic escalated in early March, to complete a survey about his recent history of travel to destinations with moderate to high COVID-19 risks.

Employers barred from mandating COVID-19 tracing app: Porter

Attorney-General and IR Minister Christian Porter has stressed that employers cannot insist that employees use the Federal Government's COVIDSafe tracing app, with breaches attracting fines of up to $63,000 and five years' jail.

SafeWork toolkit to help employers "reanimate": Porter

Employers will soon have access to a "complete toolkit" to achieve "COVIDsafe" workplaces when their businesses "reanimate" after the coronavirus hibernation, the Federal Government promised this afternoon, while the chief medical officer addressed the question of whether the coronavirus means the end of hotdesking.

ACTU seeking COVID-19 occupational disease declaration

An FWU conference convened this afternoon to consider granting paid pandemic leave to vulnerable workers heard that the ACTU has asked Comcare and state-based workcover schemes to declare COVID-19 an occupational disease within the health industry.

Woolies to pay casuals hit by coronavirus

Woolworths has joined a growing number of major employers who will pay sick leave to casual workers if they are isolated due to coronavirus.