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"Assumptions" undermine deed duress claim

In a case clarifying when an employee can claim they signed a deed of release under 'duress', the FWC has thrown out a director's unfair dismissal matter after finding he had ample opportunity to test his assumption that he would not be paid his entitlements if he did not put pen to paper.

Latest Aerocare deal fails BOOT as award reversion looms

The FWC has again thwarted major aviation services company Aerocare's long quest to replace its now-terminated 2012 agreement, finding that an updated 2018 deal still failed the BOOT despite attempts to allay split-shift concerns.

Coach could not employ spurned triallist, says A-League club

A championship-winning A-League club has refuted a player's claims its senior coach assured him he would earn a contract in order to secure his services for free, maintaining the coach is not responsible for employing team members.

Bench quashes pre-undertakings deal approval

An FWC presidential member had no power to approve an agreement before he received written undertakings to satisfy the BOOT, a full bench has found in a ruling in which it also uncovered incorrect claims by the employer that employees would not be worse off.

Merivale class action targets "zombie" deal

A class action law firm claims an underpayments case on behalf of an estimated 8200 current and former hospitality workers reveals a widespread problem of employers relying on pre-Fair Work "zombie agreements" to undercut the award

BHP Coal required unreasonable overtime: Court

The Federal Court has held that a BMA coal loading facility breached a reasonable overtime clause in its enterprise agreement by requiring workers to perform more than eight additional hours per week.

"Contemptuous" company should have involved HR: FWC

The FWC has found that it "reflects poorly indeed" on a printing company if it did not investigate sexual harassment complaints an unfairly dismissed female employee made to HR, while it has also referred the employer's "contemptuous" failure to comply with an order to attend the Commission to the tribunal's general manager for further action.


New three-year deal for Aunty awaiting FWC approval

The ABC and unions have struck a three-year deal that provides 2% annual pay rises, after the workforce voted down a unilateral management proposal earlier this year.

Teller's fraud "mistake" after 99 training courses; & more

Bank not blameless for teller's "fraud" despite 99 training courses; Building contractor coerced worker to resume CFMMEU membership; Guidelines for working in heat, smoke updated; NECA changes name, keeps acronym.