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Andrews tweaks lockdown as employers highlight problems

The Victorian government will give major warehouses and distributions an extra 48 hours to comply with a lockdown requirement to reduce their staffing to two-thirds of their normal levels.

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.



Scramble for seats at PM's IR roundtables

Prime Minister Scott Morrison's plan for a dialogue with unions and employers over changes to workplace laws has sparked a scramble among stakeholders to get a seat at the table.

Morrison pitches Accord 2.0 as Integrity Bill shelved

Industrial Relations Minister Christian Porter will chair five working groups with the aim of producing a "practical reform" of the IR system to help grow jobs as the economy emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

FWC decision offers guidance on stand-downs

In a significant decision examining how employers can lawfully assess "useful work" when standing down employees, the FWC has ruled a pandemic-affected cruise operator acted "upon proper principles" when transferring some of a superintendent's duties to others.

JobKeeper glitch won't drive up jobless; and more

Reduction in JobKeeper recipients won't lift unemployment, says Treasury; Men more likely to seek early super release; Court reserves on COVID-19 regulation challenge; and NRL refs sideline FWC case.

JobKeeper not the sole wage subsidy; $6.3B in super withdrawals: Treasury

The Morrison Government's second COVID-19 economic response package contained $30 billion-plus in cashflow support that amounted to a separate wage subsidy to JobKeeper, according to Treasury, which also revealed today that more than half a million employers have enrolled in JobKeeper.