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Court carpets ABCC over "inflammatory" claims

The Federal Court has criticised the ABCC's "misrepresentation" of evidence in pleadings and a media release, concluding the watchdog bore some responsibility for a subsequent report in a national newspaper that wrongly stated that a CFMMEU organiser made a "throat-slitting" gesture to a truck driver.

Harassment started at job interview: Manager

The Australian arm of an international pest control company is facing claims its chief executive and HR manager victimised and discriminated against its business development manager because she accused a colleague of repeatedly s-xually harassing her.

Bench backs "unorthodox" approach to harsh sacking

In a significant ruling on dismissals deemed harsh by the FWC, a full bench has endorsed the "unorthodox" approach taken by a member who ordered the reinstatement of a forklift driver who breached an employer's "no mobile phones" policy.

Tribunal rejects challenge to BHP vax mandate

Mining unions have failed to convince a senior FWC member that BHP's vaccination mandate breaches the Privacy Act and that it would be reasonable to let workers confirm their inoculation status via the same check-in method they use to enter a pub.

Indian HQ's HR advice invalid: Manager

A compliance manager with the local arm of technology giant Lenovo claims in an adverse action case that after setting her up for failure, its India-based HR director investigated her bullying complaint and came back with a finding that is invalid under Australian law, but the company has dismissed the claims as "meritless".

Fork off: Backdown on under-age driver plan

National Cabinet has today decided against reducing isolation periods for coronavirus-positive workers from seven days to five, while it has also abandoned plans to allow under-18s to drive forklifts, as governments continue to discuss ways to ameliorate worker shortages in the supply chain.

News Corp rejects "any wrongdoing" by top editor

News Corp has rejected "any suggestion of wrongdoing" by former executive and Sydney Daily Telegraph ex-editor Col Allan, after the New York Post's former managing editor accused him of sex-based harassment and pursued him for an unspecified amount of compensation and punitive damages in the United States.

Qantas asks FWC to axe long-haul cabin crew deal

The FAAA says it will vigorously oppose an unprecedented Qantas bid to terminate its international cabin crew agreement, after a 97% majority rejected the Flying Kangaroo's unilateral "best offer" for a new deal.

A-G's defends charge of "dishonest" claims in religion bill EM

A senior Attorney-General's official has denied that the department failed to comply with its obligation to act with "honesty and integrity" when it asserted in the Religious Discrimination Bill's explanatory memorandum that the "statements of belief" provisions had no effect on other laws.