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IR Bill progresses to Senate

The Morrison Government's contentious Omnibus IR Bill has moved to the Senate after a day of increasingly splenetic exchanges between Coalition and ALP members, one independent describing the legislation as a "pathetic" example of supposed compromise.

UK Uber ruling challenges gig economy model: Unions

Unions say Uber's failure to convince the UK's Supreme Court that its drivers are independent contractors or that their working time only includes periods carrying passengers is set to be "very persuasive" in the Australian context.

FWC loses patience with tenuous unlawful dismissal case

Observing that "you can only 'lead a horse to water' so many times", the FWC has after nearly a year dismissed what it described as a former university employee's largely incompetent unlawful dismissal claim.

Casual categorisation not an "opening move": Workpac

Just as the Morrison Government's Omnibus IR Bill says a casual will be defined on the basis of their job offer, rather than subsequent conduct, the labour hire company at the centre of a landmark casuals case has told the High Court employment contracts must be decisive.

Uber Eats' new contracts a sign entering "dangerous territory": Stewart

Uber Eats says a new delivery partner contract is part of a dramatic restructure under which it is simplifying by selling its services directly to "eaters", but a leading IR academic says it has been forced into a tactical retreat after recent court proceedings went "terribly".


Names on ballots didn't invalidate virus-driven vote: FWC

The FWC has let a construction company bin a 5% pay rise that came into effect in February plus next year's increase, despite CFMMEU evidence that some workers felt pressured to support the COVID-19 variation in a ballot that identified their vote.


Casino operators lead way with "pandemic leave" payments

The UWU has hailed decisions by casino operators Star Entertainment Group and Crown Resorts to make what are believed to be the country's first large-scale payments of two weeks' "pandemic leave" to almost 20,000 workers facing standdowns.

Financial cover for sick, quarantined gig workers

Uber and Deliveroo have both confirmed that they will provide financial support for drivers and riders diagnosed with coronavirus or placed in quarantine by a public health authority.