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Employers effusive after High Court's black letter ruling

Employers once said to be facing up to $38 billion in casuals' backpay claims have welcomed today's High Court confirmation that contracts are decisive in determining employment types, while workers' representatives have come out swinging.

UK Labour's single "worker" category to capture gig economy

The UK Labour party has promised to replace the country's three existing employment classifications with a single category of "worker" for all but the "genuinely self-employed" if it takes power at the 2024 election.

Name and shame threat for recalcitrant pollies

The Morrison Government will establish an independent complaints mechanism to handle sexual harassment, assaults and bullying in Federal parliamentary workplaces, while it is also considering "naming and shaming" MPs and senators who fail to undertake anti-harassment training.

Adverse action when worker booted for refusing unsafe work: Court

A scaffolding company and its director that sacked a worker for refusing to perform unsafe work, before offering to reinstate him on a probationary period with a warning, must pay more than $25,000 in compensation and penalties for unlawful adverse action.

ABCC ups ante with bid to halt crowdfunded fine payments

The ABCC will ask a court to prohibit union officials from "crowdfunding" personal penalties in what represents a significant escalation of its on-going bid to combat contravening union conduct in the construction industry.

Ousted over safety concerns, claims casino jet pilot

A pilot engaged to fly casino VIPs in luxury private jets is accusing employer ExecuJet of standing him down for a year and sacking him, while others kept working, because he questioned the safety of international flights during the pandemic.

Bench backs $200K payout for worker "mortified" by poster

A consultancy found jointly liable with Sydney Water for sexual harassment of a female employee when they displayed a suggestive safety poster has failed in an appeal court bid to have its responsibility reduced because, it claimed, its role had been limited to design and it had no connection to her workplace.

Union targeting employer, COO over "misrepresentations"

The RTBU is prosecuting a Melbourne tram company and its chief operations officer for allegedly misrepresenting drivers' rights to unpaid meal breaks when they are running behind timetable.

McKinsey worker sacked after four weeks claims adverse action

A digital specialist is seeking reinstatement at McKinsey & Company and asserting her right to keep a $30,000 sign-on bonus in an adverse action case claiming her mental illness and legal action against a previous employer prompted it to sack her after less than a month.

Rio follows BHP with mining booze cap

Rio Tinto has joined BHP Billiton in limiting alcohol consumption at its remote mining camps in Western Australia's Pilbara region to four standard drinks a day.