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Bench delivers opening round win for redundant seafarers

In a decision clarifying the interplay between model terms and agreement clauses, a shipping company facing multiple challenges to alleged redundancies has failed to convince an FWC full bench that a model clause cancels out consultation requirements in its agreement.

HR manager's silence scuttles marine deal variation

The FWC has prevented a large employer from varying an agreement after its HR manager failed to fully address concerns the amendment could remove some employees from coverage without their knowledge.

Senate inquiry into trucking conditions and safety

Crossbench Senators have voted with Labor and the Greens to establish a Senate inquiry that will revisit how pay and conditions in the trucking industry impact road safety.

Cryogenic insulators frozen out of BOOT test: Bench

In a significant decision on the scope of agreements, an FWC full bench has quashed the approval of a deal measured exclusively against the manufacturing award, despite coverage extending to cryogenic insulators and concreters.

Guard awarded $30K after sacking over drunk patient clash

In a reminder of the need for employers to strictly follow disciplinary procedures, the FWC has ordered a hospital pay more than $30,000 to a former security guard unfairly sacked over his treatment of an absconding mental health patient.

Union "hack" did not damage NRMA brand: Court

The NRMA has lost a case that could have brought the entire field of IR within the operation of consumer legislation, after it failed to establish that the CFMMEU's maritime division breached consumer laws and maliciously damaged its brand during negotiations for Manly Fast Ferry workers.

Disputed dismissal date not given enough regard: Bench

A tribunal member failed to properly regard the disputed date of an embassy employee's dismissal in refusing to allow him to proceed with a general protections claim, an FWC full bench has found.

"Shock" $1 million legal bill led to director's sacking

The FWC has upheld a cattle station's sacking of a director for serious misconduct, finding he paid himself unauthorised leave and failed to inform the elderly business owners of escalating legal fees of more than $1 million.

Melhem trial avoided as former AWU secretary admits breaches

Victorian State Labor MP and former AWU leader Cesar Melhem has agreed to admit eight civil breaches of the law covering union memberships, avoiding a scheduled 12-day trial due to begin tomorrow in the Federal Court.