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Contractor claims trade group breached workplace rights

An independent contractor is in an adverse action case accusing the Australia Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry of openly terminating her consultancy agreement because she took bullying complaints against its chair to the FWC.

Big employer's "disturbing" HR failure

Amcor must compensate an injured worker by paying him for two months it should have granted as unpaid leave before sacking him, the FWC finding the packaging giant's failure to inform itself of obligations "disappointing and disturbing" given its size and HR resources.

Court upholds government power to mandate vaccinations

The NSW Supreme Court has backed the State government's use of Public Health Orders to make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for certain categories of workers, dismissing arguments that the directions compromised objectors' "right" to choose what they put in their bodies.

No "irregularities" in O'Connor's re-election: Court

The Federal Court has concluded its inquiry into the CFMMEU manufacturing division's recent election that overwhelmingly returned Michael O'Connor as national leader, finding no "irregularities" in six candidates having their nominations disallowed and 83 alleged members being denied the opportunity to vote.

Employer fined $36K after "daring" FWO to come after him

A hospitality business and its director have been hit with a $36,000 fine after they "snubbed their noses" at the FWC by failing to comply on time with orders to pay an unfairly sacked barista $5780 compensation.

Employers support early childhood teachers' January pay hikes

A FWC full bench has held early childhood teachers should receive a pay rise of up to 13.6% from the start of next year as part of an IEU work value claim, after the union reached a consent position with some employers and others failed to back up affordability concerns.

Circus fined after 13-year-old acrobat hospitalised

A travelling circus has been ordered to pay $21,000 in fines and costs for failing to obtain mandatory child employment permits for three 13-year-old Chinese nationals recruited to work as acrobats.


Newsflash: High Court throws out challenge by JCU's Ridd

In a significant ruling on academic free speech, the High Court has today unanimously upheld James Cook University's right to dismiss academic Peter Ridd for breaching its conduct code when he denounced its climate change research.

Deal back on chopping block as employer appeals shiftwork ruling

The FWC has decided to conclude a case with a "lengthy and complex" history, dismissing an employer's bid to further delay consideration of a union's application to terminate its nominally-expired deal while it challenges the tribunal's rejection of a new agreement to the Federal Court.