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Teacher's "factual" poison anecdote no basis for sacking: FWC

A TAFE must reinstate a teacher it sacked after he named a prominent local farmer in a lecture about the effects of chemical sprays, the FWC finding that relating a "factual" 20-year-old anecdote did not amount to misconduct.

McDeal faces delay; and more

McDeal faces delay; Construction workers face $42,000 strike fines; and Private member's bill requires publication of staff:care recipient ratio.

"Underpaid" chef seeks audit at Rockpool

As part of a Federal Court claim on behalf of a Rockpool chef who alleges he was bullied and pressured to resign after complaining about underpayments, Maurice Blackburn is seeking an audit to check whether it short-changed others over the past six years.

Unions on same footing as lawyers, agents: FWC

Qantas has failed to establish that unions should be treated as different "species" when considering extensions of time due to representative error, following a recent FWC full bench finding that there is "there is nothing usual or normal about negligence on the part of a solicitor".

MUA to challenge "unprotected bans" ruling

Stevedore DP World has opened up a new strategy for employers seeking to sideline industrial action, winning a ruling from the FWC that MUA bans on shift extensions were not protected because the employer never asked employees to work beyond their hours within 30 days.

Court to hear s-x-shop "overseer" underpaid

A s-x-shop sales worker and "booth" monitor is suing his employer for more than $30,000 in alleged underpayments he claims to be owed under the general retail award, while also suggesting that it wrongly classified him as a casual employee.

Secret audio rejected in bullying case

An employee found to have made some "false" allegations has been denied the chance to use secret recordings of a meeting as evidence in a bullying case that is to be heard today by the FWC.

BHP rail deal sent down spur by former HR leader

BHP's hopes for quick approval of a new deal covering its Central Queensland coal train drivers have been derailed by a newly-appointed FWC member who was previously its head of HR.

Deliveroo worker pursuing sham contract case

A Deliveroo rider has launched a sham contracting test case, claiming the company should have paid him almost twice as much, as a casual employee rather than per delivery as an independent contractor, given a "batching system" that weighted individual performance factors.

ETU readies for action over underpaid casuals

The ETU's newly re-elected leadership has reaffirmed its commitment to pursue underpayments to long-term casuals, vowing to conduct a targeted national program of timesheet and wage record inspections to build its case.