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Builder penalised for spurning non-union contractor

A construction company's refusal to to engage a non-union subcontractor at the CFMMEU's behest has now cost it $275,000 in penalties and compensation, with the Federal Circuit Court noting such conduct "has the potential to perpetuate a culture of submission".

Former shadow minister warns against dumping IR policies

Former shadow IR minister Brendan O'Connor is urging the ALP to retain "meritorious" policies it took to the Federal election despite its narrow loss, including measures "essential" to restoring balance in workplaces.

Rugby Australia warns of implications of a Folau win

Refuting claims that it terminated rugby union player Israel Folau's contract because of his religious beliefs, Rugby Australia has warned of broad ramifications if he establishes that there is a common law principle prohibiting contracts that restrict people from sharing their religious views.

FWC slams "disgraceful" sacking by boss who preferred Asian workers

A supermarket owner who texted a veteran casual shop assistant who missed a shift to say he gave her job to someone else was waiting for a reason to sack her as he preferred workers from Asian-speaking backgrounds, the FWC has held.

Oil giant maintains push to axe deal

Esso Australia is appealing the FWC's refusal to terminate the agreement for its Bass Strait oil and gas operations, arguing the tribunal denied it procedural fairness.

Vale Jim Macken; and more

Vale, James (Jim) Macken; Justice Bromberg to host IR law forum; and Baptist Church cleared of victimising worker over marriage equality petition.

Rebel retail union opposing fast food deal

The SDA has hit back at claims by RAFFWU that a Hungry Jack's deal awaiting approval in the FWC is the worst since the unregistered union's inception, rejecting contentions that it tries to "casualise part-time work" and denies workers a choice of super fund without paying enough to leave them better off.

FWO seeks to take piecework case to High Court

The Fair Work Ombudsman will seek special leave from the High Court to appeal a full Federal Court ruling on whether hundreds of casual mushroom workers on non-compliant piecework agreements are entitled by default to be paid hourly rates under the horticultural award.

Employer ordered to reinstate "pain inflicting" firefighter

A tribunal has reinstated a long-serving emergency services worker sacked for using "pain stimuli" on recruits during training, after it found his largely unblemished work history outweighed his misconduct.