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HREOC Act covers indirect discrimination

The Federal Court has found that the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act covers indirect discrimination complaints, rejecting Commonwealth Government arguments that it is confined to direct discrimination.

Yallourn wants umpire to settle dispute

Yallourn Energy is seeking a s170MX arbitration of its protracted bargaining dispute, after the announcement today that its workforce had voted down a proposed enterprise agreement.

IRC upholds email porn dismissals

The IRC has upheld Toyota's summary dismissal of two long-serving employees for distributing pornographic material via the company's email system.

Abbott takes over Workplace Relations portfolio

Employment Services Minister Tony Abbott is to replace Peter Reith as Workplace Relations Minister, after PM John Howard yesterday afternoon announced a reshuffle of the Government's frontbench.

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Court backs CBA over HR manager sacking

A court has vindicated the Commonwealth Bank's sacking of a senior HR manager over conflicts of interest, but has found "serious deficiencies" in the bank's investigation process and criticised senior HR management for their part in it.

Workplace Express guide to IR/HR courses

Interested in studying IR or HR at postgraduate level? Workplace Express hascompiled a list of IR and HR courses offered at Australian universities.

Worker wins six years of on-call allowance

In a ruling that might have implications for thousands of employers, an on-call employee has won $18,000 in backpay after a magistrate found he should have been paid an allowance.

Leary new Tas President, five more years for Hamberger

Long-serving federal IRC Commissioner Patricia Leary's appointment as President of the Tasmanian Industrial Commission has been confirmed. At the same time, she has been promoted to Deputy President of the federal Commission.

NUW succeeds in curbing Belan's power

The NUW has failed in its bid to make its NSW branch pay for costs incurred in the 1998 Davids' dispute. But it has won the ability to deflect back onto the maverick branch the potentially crippling penalties still outstanding from an associated contempt finding.