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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".

Potential damage to reputation justifies legal representation: Tribunal

A Queensland IRC full bench has acknowledged the potential for a Together Queensland test case to damage the reputation of the State's director-general of transport and main roads, in a decision granting leave for legal representation by Crown Law, which would engage private barristers.

Tassie says "Canberra can butt out" on religious bias bill

Tasmania's government and NGOs - including unions - have united in opposition to the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill because of provisions that override "gold standard" State anti-discrimination legislation that protects LGBTIQ+ employees in faith-based workplaces.

Unfair to sack worker for flattening pet galah: FWC

An employer unfairly sacked a labourer for running over a pet galah, the FWC has held, rejecting claims that he breached a formal directive not to operate vehicles when Crackers was on the ground.

CommBank "stole" $45m in paid tea breaks: FSU

The FSU is suing the Commonwealth Bank in the Federal Court for allegedly denying retail banking employees 10-minute rest breaks, claiming it owes at least $45 million in backpay to about 3000 workers.

Tribunal rejects scope bids for BHP OS

The FWC has rejected two unions' competing scope order applications for BHP Operations Services production and maintenance entities, finding that granting their bids would not resolve the key blockage - the company's determination to offer barebones safety net deals rather than comprehensive ones.

HR director accused of engineering "sham" retrenchment

A pharmaceutical giant's HR director is facing claims she carried out a sham redundancy to oust a "whistleblowing" head of medical, in an adverse action case accusing the company of age discrimination by favouring less senior "high potential" employees.

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.