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"Familiarity" with employer no basis for recusal: FWC member

An FWC member has rejected a big employer's call to recuse himself from an unfair dismissal case, finding that his long familiarity with its processes and people remained "beneficial" to the parties despite having recently had one of his decisions involving the company overturned on appeal.

FWC backs sacking of "tailgating" fraudster

The FWC has upheld Sydney Water's sacking of a long-serving employee who deliberately concealed his off-site coffee breaks and avoided "make-up" time and the loss of his RDOs by "tailgating" other employees through security gates.

Multinational backs away from pre-job heart attack screening

Maintenance contractor SNC-Lavalin has told the ETU it will no longer insist that electricians at a CSG project undergo pre-employment blood tests to assess their risk of heart attacks, after the union sought a Federal Court injunction on the basis that it breached privacy principles governing the collection of sensitive health information.

Coalition accepted our changes: One Nation

One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts has hinted that his party will support the Ensuring Integrity Bill after winning Coalition support for the minor party's amendments

"If you do not respect us, you will fear us": Union leader

New RTBU national secretary Mark Diamond will tonight use his national council dinner speech to signal a more militant approach to industrial action under his leadership, promising employers that "if you do not respect us, you will fear us".