The Federal Court has rejected a disbarred lawyer's attempt to sideline a senior FWC member and the tribunal itself from hearing his unfair dismissal case, while also declining to grant "extreme" orders preventing a law firm from participating in the court proceedings.
A leading solar panel company is challenging a decision to let its former HR manager pursue a novel adverse action claim seeking $125,000 in compensation on the basis she resigned to protect herself against liability for alleged staff underpayments.
The Ai Group has expressed "significant" concern about ASIC advice that companies in the wake of the Rossato ruling must in their financial reporting provide for any leave, redundancy and public holiday pay prospectively owed to past and present regular casuals.
A former Qantas cabin crew manager seeking millions in damages over alleged historic sexual discrimination and harassment has been refused leave to separately pursue Maurice Blackburn and a former principal over their roles in a settlement reached with the airline in 2008.
The Federal Court has opted to assign to a referee consideration of two stevedores' "bewildering", multi-million-dollar compensation claim following unlawful bans by the CFMMEU's maritime division in 2017.
The ABCC has enjoyed another mixed result in its campaign to bring the CFMMEU to heel, a Federal Court judge agreeing to impose personal payment orders against three officials involved in picketing a building site but rejecting argument that the union's past record should necessarily attract maximum penalties.
A full Federal Court led by Chief Justice James Allsop has expressed disquiet about how employment relationships involving labour hire companies and the rising gig economy are assessed, noting that only respect for decisions by other appeal courts prevented it reaching a different conclusion about a backpacking labourer's status.
In a significant ruling on the standing of independent contractors, a full Federal Court has upheld an appeal by two truck drivers pursuing unpaid leave and superannuation entitlements after working exclusively for a multinational company for almost 40 years.