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$1 million fine for Employsure's misleading representations

The Federal Court has today ordered IR advisor Employsure to pay a penalty of $1 million for making false or misleading representations via its advertising on Google that it had government sponsorship or approval, while the company might also face substantial costs.

Union "recidivism" of limited relevance in "slur" case

The Federal Court has largely declined to take into account the CFMMEU's "recidivism" in setting a penalty against it for an organiser's unintended racial slur when he complained to a supervisor of southeast Asian background about the "third world" state of a Perth building site.

Manager's "gumby" slur helps seal costs award

The FWC has ordered costs against a worker held to have called a colleague "Gumby", "Dumbo" and "Homer" while on a "connived power trip", finding he could have achieved his bid to clear his name by accepting a generous settlement offer.

Giudice to be laid to rest next week

Former FWC President Geoffrey Guidice's funeral will be held in Melbourne on Monday, but will also be viewable as a live stream.

Police cleared to sequester former officer's estate

A full Federal Court has dismissed the latest in a raft of cases brought by a former ABCC inspector sacked for failing to disclose criminal and disciplinary proceedings when he served as a police officer, clearing the way for NSW Police to sequester his bankrupt estate to recover court-ordered costs.


Protected strikes "a simple concept": Bench

In a significant ruling reinforcing the need for strict adherence to strike laws, the CFMMEU has failed to overturn a finding that an employer rightly deducted 12 hours' pay from mineworkers who took a total of about 30 minutes across three days to secure their machinery in preparation for protected action.

Labour hire bill backed by expert, panned by employers

Federal Labor's 'Same Job, Same Pay' legislation introduced into Parliament yesterday has won the endorsement of IR legal expert Anthony Forsyth, who says it represents the "next necessary step" in addressing the undesirable effects of labour hire workers being engaged for lengthy periods on lower wages and conditions than direct employees.

Intellectual property concerns warranted sacking: FWC

The FWC has upheld a government-funded organisation's summary sacking of a support officer who claimed ownership of a program's intellectual property while planning with a team of consultants to take it outside.

Bank, union square off over alleged "pay secrecy" sacking

The FSU and the Commonwealth Bank are set to square off next month over accusations the bank sacked a worker for discussing his pay less than a month after chief executive Matt Comyn told a parliamentary committee the CBA does not enforce salary secrecy clauses.