Federal Court finds Qantas took adverse action in outsourcing its workforce

In a watershed moment for trade unions and their plight against outsourcing, the Federal Court has delivered its decision in Transport Workers Union of Australia v Qantas Airways Limited. On 30 July 2021 the Federal Court held ...

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New Covid vaccination compensation scheme provides additional incentive to employers to have staff vaccinated

In a media release on Saturday 28 August 2021, the Minister for Health and Aged Care, The Hon. Greg Hunt announced details of a new no fault COVID-19 Vaccine Claim Scheme (VCS) which will operate nationally. The scheme will cov...

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ASU wins changes to the Victorian Local Government Award, but Councils challenge longer shifts for Casuals

On 23 August 2021, the Fair Work Commission determined to make some amendments to the Victorian Local Government Award 2015 (VLG Award). The changes came off the back of an application by the Australian Services Union, which wa...

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No jab, no work – FWO’s updated advice still leaves questions for employers

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) posted updated guidance on its website last night relating to the power of employers to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for their employees. This is an issue that we have also discussed before. Pr...

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High Court delivers win for employers on casual employment

In a landmark decision with major consequences, the High Court of Australia unanimously reversed a decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court on 4 August 2021(WorkPac Pty Ltd v. Rossato & ors [2021] HCA 23) (see earlier a...

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Boost to COVID-19 Financial Support for Businesses and Individuals as Lockdown continues in NSW

As Greater Sydney prepares for an extended lockdown until 28 August 2021, welcomed boosts to the COVID-19 financial subsidies offer some reprieve to struggling businesses and individuals. Boost to JobSaver Program Weekly pay...

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