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Give FWC anti-harassment powers: AHRC report

Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins in her report of the national inquiry into sexual harassment has recommended the FWC gain new powers to issue orders to halt the conduct, similar to its ability to make anti-bullying orders.

As IR class actions boom, inquiry to consider curbs

Announcing a parliamentary inquiry today into litigation funding, contingency arrangements and the effect that burgeoning class actions might be having on the economy, Attorney-General Christian Porter has cited NUW concerns about a $5 million payout from which its members received nothing

Watchdog establishing underpayments taskforce

The Fair Work Ombudsman will establish a taskforce to deal with the spate of major employers "self-reporting" underpayments, warning that such disclosures could still lead to investigations and enforcement action.

Truck driver not forced from job: FWC

A self-deprecating and "overly sensitive" truck driver who resigned after his employer removed $4000 of chrome embellishments he fitted to a company-owned Kenworth has failed to establish that the director's belittling text messages forced him out.

Permit renewal not "reward" for abiding by laws: FWC

A senior FWC member has rebutted ABCC arguments that entry permit holders should not be "rewarded" for exercising their rights without incident, observing in the course of a renewal application that such behaviour simply be accorded "appropriate weight" when applying the 'fit and proper person' test.

Umpire's chambers hosted "erotic" figurines, life-size Trump cut-out

FWC Deputy President Gerard Boyce removed "inappropriate" female figurines from his Sydney chambers after senior colleagues and others raised concerns about them, while the presence of a "life-size cardboard cut-out" of President Donald Trump was at least "unwise", the tribunal's general manager told a Senate Estimates hearing today.

"Obvious financial detriment" sinks deal, says bench

An FWC full bench has quashed the approval of a Uniting Church agreement that the nurses' union said was "unworthy" of its secretary's signature after a claimed industrial gerrymander, finding an undertaking introduced "obvious financial detriment".