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High Court rules on transmission of business

The High Court has handed down its decision in the PP Consultants case, ruling there was no transmission of business when St George Bank closed a branch and appointed a nearby chemist as its agent.

High Court reserves decision on dispute provisions

The full seven-member bench of the High Court has reserved its decision on whether the Workplace Relation's Acts award simplification provisions apply to dispute resolution procedures in certified agreements.

OEA to challenge "free-loader" provision

In what will be a test case on whether federal unions can charge non-union workers a fee for bargaining on their behalf, the Office of the Employment Advocate has revived its bid to remove a "bargaining agency" clause from a swathe of Victorian electrical contracting agreements.

Union delegate claims discrimination over race, industrial activity

An LHMU delegate has lodged a complaint with the Victorian Equal Opportunity Commission against Coca-Cola Amatil and one of its employees, claiming they discriminated against him on the basis of his industrial activity and race.

First contractor deeming decision in Queensland

The Queensland IRC full bench's ruling today on the first test of the s275 "contractor deeming" clause sheds little light on how the controversial provision should be applied.

Queensland IRC makes first contractor deeming decision

In its first ruling on the Queensland IR Act's groundbreaking s275 "contractor deeming" provisions, a full bench of the State's IRC has refused to accede to the AWU's bid to deem shearing contractors as employees.

Reith advocates cycling to work

Workplace Relations Minister Peter Reith has joined this morning's annual "Ride to Work" in Melbourne to highlight how some workplaces have implemented arrangements to encourage employees to commute by bicycle.

MUA's Coombs steps down

MUA national secretary John Coombs announced today that he would retire early next month after an eight-year reign that included leading the union through the tumultuous 1998 waterfront dispute.