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Porter to start vax discussions next month

IR Minister Christian Porter says that talks will soon start with employers and unions to work through the complex legal and workplace safety issues surrounding the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.

Indemnity costs against s-xually-harassing lawyer

A solicitor who defended his s-xually-harassing conduct as the actions of a romantic "Mr Darcy" must pay indemnity costs for pursuing an appeal designed to continue the mistreatment of his former paralegal.

Employer could not have provided greater procedural fairness: FWC

The FWC has praised the CSIRO's approach to the dismissal of a scientist accused of threatening students he supervised, describing him as a "peddler of false allegations" who sought to characterise almost every interaction with a superior as bullying.

Mask objector claims Auntie took adverse action

An ABC makeup artist who claims her Lyme disease makes it unsafe to wear an anti-coronavirus mask and wants to instead don a shield is suing the broadcaster for discriminatory adverse action after it allegedly removed her from its roster.

Leave entitlements critical for transgender support: Expert

Transition leave, "all-gender" toilets and training on LGBTQ issues signal to transgender employees that it is safe to come out in the workplace, according to employer support program Pride in Diversity.

Virgin workforce backs some deals, rejects others

While Virgin workers have voted up five new agreements, pilots' overwhelming rejection of a Virgin Australia deal is the largest VIPA has seen and cabin crew's 70% "no" vote comes despite the FAAA telling members it was the best that could be achieved.

AWU seeks to axe horticulture pieceworker "loophole"

The AWU is seeking to delete a decade-old pieceworker provision in the horticulture award that it claims leaves affected workers with no safety net and substandard rates of pay.

Employers risk "chaos" if go alone on WFH changes: Peetz

Griffith University's Professor David Peetz has warned employers to consult their workers before implementing post-COVID-19 workplace changes or risk turning "disorder into chaos", ahead of today's repeal of NSW public health orders requiring organisations to allow employees to perform their duties from home.

BHP rejects CFMMEU overtures, pushes revised OS deals

BHP Billiton is sounding out employees in its fast-growing in-house labour hire operation on "simple, safety net" agreements that include a guarantee to pay 5% more than the award to full-time and part-time employees.