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Wage theft Bill to "pierce the corporate veil"

The Victorian Government intends to "pierce the corporate veil" with its forthcoming legislation to introduce criminal penalties for the worst cases of underpayment and exploitation.

CFMMEU to intervene in Eureka flag case

The CFMMEU has over the objections of the ABCC been granted permission to intervene in a Federal Court case that will test the constitutional legitimacy of the national building code's purported ban on union logos and associated symbols such as the Eureka flag.

Bench quashes Gina's rail deal

An FWC full bench has quashed the approval of deal negotiated with two train drivers but set to cover an entire transferred workforce on the Roy Hill Pilbara mine network, finding a senior member failed to properly consider whether the employer took all reasonable steps to explain the effect of its terms.

Agreement's age-based medical exams discriminatory: FWC

A proposed agreement requiring employees aged 50 and over to submit to more frequent medical examinations will be considered for approval only if the term is removed, the FWC has found.

Porter invites scrutiny of "complex" awards

IR Minister Christian Porter has confirmed that he will oversee a review of award complexities, as employers claim "onerous" new record-keeping requirements have forced them to abandon annualised salaries.

Jetstar workers spurn TWU "no" campaign

Jetstar in winning support for a four-year deal from its ground staff at six major airports has outplayed the TWU after it ran a strong campaign against the deal and subjected the airline to rolling stoppages.

McAleer loses appeal over withdrawn entry permit

An FWC full bench has rejected MUA Sydney branch secretary Paul McAleer's appeal against being denied an entry permit, finding a tribunal member held no obligation to signal that the official might have his rights withdrawn after 12 years due to a history of industrial law breaches.

Loaded rates remain a friendless concept

Unions have hit out at an FWC plan to consider inserting loaded rates in retail and hospitality awards, while employers say the idea is unlikely to succeed in the absence of a genuinely flexible approach.

Majority rejects restrictive take on general protections laws

A Federal Court full court majority has given a broad meaning to a section in the Fair Work Act's general protections that says employees must be "able to complain" to establish a breach of their workplace rights.