Murdoch University is seeking compensation for a dip in international student enrolments and damage to its reputation in a cross-claim against an academic who is accusing it of retaliatory adverse action over alleged public interest disclosures to the media.
The FWC has thrown out an unfair dismissal claim by an IT worker who is in prison until at least August next year and is suffering a mental illness, finding he "is not in a position, physically or mentally, to prosecute his case" and keeping it on foot "flies in the face of the efficient use of public resources".
A Federal Court judge has foreshadowed today that he will order a litigation funder to provide security for the potential costs of two IR class actions, while observing that such a move is unlikely to have a "stultifying" effect on the proceedings.
The Morrison Government has lowered the bar for employers to reject job applicants with criminal records in response to a Human Rights Commission finding that Suncorp discriminated against an applicant with a record of accessing child pornography by refusing to hire him.
A looming Federal Court judgment on whether to grant security of costs to employers facing multi-million-dollar casuals class actions could make employment matters much less attractive to litigation funders, according to a law firm that is targeting the black coal mining industry.