Professionals Australia has filed a $380,000 discrimination and adverse action claim against one of the nation's largest defence contractors, alleging it unlawfully sacked a manager after nearly 20 years' service because he suffers from multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease.
An employer must pay $2.7 million in damages and interest to a former chief executive it sacked for alleged insider trading, after a court found claims that he offloaded company shares to take advantage of sensitive information before it became public "did not make sense".
Academics and unions have told the aged care royal commission that the IR system and the federal government are playing lead roles in keeping the industry's front-line workers undervalued and underpaid, while they also claim that employers failed to pass on previous subsidies to increase wages.
New Zealand will consider enabling unions and employers to charge a bargaining fee for non-members under a new system of fair pay agreements that would mandate minimum rates and conditions across low-paid industries.
The FWC has admonished a BHP subsidiary for taking a "haphazard" approach to its disciplinary guidelines, finding it had a valid reason to sack a mineworker for her "deviant" conduct when she put a s-x toy in a colleague's carry-on baggage, but procedural failings made it unfair.
New Zealand's peak union body is calling for the Labour-led coalition government to move more quickly to introduce fair pay agreements, which would mandate minimum pay rates and conditions across low-paid industries.