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NSW announces changes to IR Act

NSW will introduce a Queensland-style "contractor deeming" provision and extend 12 months unpaid parental leave to long-term casuals as part of a package of amendments to the State IR Act announced by IR Minister Jeff Shaw tonight.

NSW inquiry to restrict labour hire?

After a persistent campaign by the NSW union labour movement for greater regulation of labour hire, the State Government has decided to proceed with an inquiry into the industry.

IRC allows for 10-hour coal shifts

In a major change for coal mining, a full bench of the IRC has ruled in favour of varying the industry award to allow employers to unilaterally introduce 10-hour shifts.

Truckies to rally again tomorrow

Long-distance owner/drivers and small fleet businesses will tomorrow morning continue their campaign for national minimum cartage rates with rallies around the country.

Mobil and NUW strike oil deal

Operators at Mobil's Port Stanvac refinery in South Australia have won a 7% pay rise over two years and retained their existing hours arrangements under a new two-year deal with the NUW.

Appeal court upholds stress finding

The New South Wales Court of Appeal has upheld a finding that a female police officer acquired Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after being exposed to hundreds of cases of child abuse.

Give reasons before deciding to sack: IRC bench

Employers risk contravening procedural fairness requirements under federal unfair dismissal laws if they fail to give an employee notice of the reasons for terminating their employment before making a decision to proceed with a dismissal, an IRC full bench has ruled.

FOA laws provide reprieve for meatworker

An abbatoir worker and meatworkers' union delegate who was sacked after a torrid nine-month lockout at the G&K O'Connor meatworks at Pakenham, Victoria, has temporarily won his job back, after the Federal Court found he might have been unlawfully dismissed for being a union delegate.