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FWC approves agreement with detrimental suspension clause

The FWC has approved a new agreement that permits poultry giant Inghams to suspend workers without pay for up to three days during investigations into misconduct, after it found any detriment when compared with the award is outweighed by the deal's benefits.

CFO's restraint clause too broad: Court

Restraint of trade clauses preventing a chief financial officer from jumping ship and working at a rival fashion retailer were broader than what was reasonable to protect the employer's legitimate interests, a court has found.

Consulates can't circumvent Australian IR laws: Court

An appeal by an Italian consulate over disputed annual leave and superannuation entitlements has failed after a court ruled it was not immune from proceedings brought under Australian law.

Sacking unfair for sharing pic of colleague's contract

An employer unfairly dismissed an underpaid 457 visa worker for sharing photos of a properly-remunerated colleague's employment contract, but the FWC has refused him compensation, ruling he did not suffer financially because of his successful workers' compensation claim.


HR advisers, managers and recruiters now in FWO's sights

The Fair Work Ombudsman has warned accessorial liability for workplace breaches is now being extended beyond employers and company directors to those working in human resources, management and recruitment.

$90,000 fine for underpaying trolley collectors

A contractor "knowingly involved" in underpaying vulnerable supermarket trolley collectors and a subcontractor who "deliberately" produced false payment records and underpaid employees have been fined more than $90,000 by the Federal Court.

Union slams enforceable undertaking as "no deterrent"

The ETU has expressed outrage at an FWO enforceable undertaking requiring a company to donate $50,000 to a migrant community charity and overhaul its recruitment practices after workers from the Philippines were threatened with dismissal if they joined a union.

School's $150,000 fine for blocking union access, forging contracts

An independent Islamic school that hired more fixed-term teachers than permitted under the award and then tried to cover it up has been fined $150,000 by the Federal Court for unlawful practices, in one of the largest penalty decisions handed down against a school

Court halts SBS executive's defection to Aunty

A high-powered consultant with public broadcaster SBS has been temporarily stopped from taking up a role with the ABC and sharing confidential information with the rival network, after the NSW Supreme Court issued an interlocutory injunction.