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Court rules officials must show permits for safety entry

The Federal Court has closed a loophole under which union organisers maintained they could enter sites to discuss safety issues under state OHS laws without showing their federal entry permits.

ROC says compliance up; Setka resigns ALP membership

The ROC in its annual report has recorded a significant improvement in registered organisations' compliance with financial reporting requirements, early success with new remuneration disclosures and near perfect adherence to deadlines, after it sent more than 1550 reminders and alerts.

Act now before new whistleblower rules take effect: Lawyer

With the advent of a stronger private sector whistleblower regime expected to increase disclosures and leave employers facing a "big stick" if they fail to protect those lifting the lid on suspected wrongdoing, IR practitioners have heard that it is time to get their policies in order.

Employer seeks full court test of consultation obligations

A shipping company facing multiple challenges to alleged redundancies is seeking to quash an FWC full bench finding that a model consultation term does not override obligations under its agreement.

FWO shifts focus to migrant workers

In a year in which it recovered more than $40 million for underpaid workers, the FWO has revealed in its annual report that more than 80% of its new litigation involves migrant workers, while the hospitality industry retains the gong for recording the highest number of disputes.

Employers facing more general protections claims

General protections claims – attractive to employees because of their uncapped compensation – reached a record high in 2018-19 of more than 5600 after two years of substantial growth, according to the FWC's annual report.

Employers seek broader application of life-of-project deals

Now that the Morrison Government has decided to extend the maximum terms of greenfields agreements for major projects, employers say the principle should apply more widely to non-greenfields agreements covering subcontractors on such jobs.

Bench rejects Minister's review of 'discriminatory' deal

An FWC full bench has rejected IR Minister Christian Porter's bid to review an already-approved agreement on the basis that it contains discriminatory terms, while it has allowed changes "entirely disposing" of any lingering ambiguities.