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Full court rules on leave test case

A full Federal Court has ruled today that a pair of 12-hour shift workers at a Cadbury chocolate factory are entitled to 10 calendar days of paid personal/carer's leave, rather than a lesser amount argued by their employer and the Federal IR Minister.

Court freezes penalty bid after alleged $1 million fraud

The Federal Court has stayed an Indigenous organisation's bid to impose penalties under the Fair Work Act on two former senior employees who allegedly defrauded it of almost $1 million, until the determination of criminal charges in another jurisdiction.

Employer's approach didn't discourage union involvement: FWC

An employer's advice to workers ahead of bargaining that they would be out of a job and in labour hire if the CEPU negotiated a new deal was "forceful" but adequately presented them with a choice of a union or non-union agreement, the FWC has held.

Union launches class action against Workpac

The CFMMEU is launching a self-funded class action against labour hire company Workpac, seeking at least $12 million in unpaid annual leave entitlements for "misclassified" casuals and promising that every cent recovered will be paid to participating members.

Bench decides fate of piece-workers under non-compliant deals

A Federal Court bench has split over whether hundreds of casual mushroom workers who entered into non-compliant piecework agreements were entitled by default to be paid hourly rates under the horticulture award.


Court halts FWC private arbitration; & more

Court stops FWC arbitrating agreement dispute; Tardy law firm facing indemnity costs; Court finds MUA inciting "go-slow" on docks; Judge issues reasons for Metro Trains ruling; and CPSU leader steps down.

FWC refuses to stop IR manager shadowing MUA organiser

The FWC has refused to ban an IR/HR manager from sitting in a lunchroom while an MUA organiser meets with members at Melbourne's Webb Dock container terminal, but the tribunal says there is "no longer any requirement" to keep him under close observation.

Facebook rant about employer didn't justify sacking: FWC

An employer overreacted by sacking a long-serving-employee for a one-off breach of its company's social media policy when she posted derogatory comments about its directors on Facebook, the FWC has found.