A full Federal Court has ruled that two housekeepers who were pushed onto Odco-style independent contractor arrangements continued to be employees after the purported conversion, but also found that their employer had not contravened the Fair Work Act's sham contracting provisions.
Employers are likely to rely more heavily on zero tolerance drug and alcohol policies to discipline or dismiss employees, even when there is no evidence of impairment, after an important full Federal Court ruling yesterday.
A Federal Court full bench has today ruled that the Fair Work Commission was entitled to approve enterprise agreements covering three private hospitals, even though their agent made and signed them without "actual" authority.
The Federal Court has upheld the quashing of a controversial meat industry enterprise agreement, despite its view that a FWC full bench might have made mistakes in overturning a single member's decision to approve it.
The Federal Government has told the High Court that the Queensland Government's argument against a union challenge to legislation removing Queensland Rail workers from the federal IR system would thwart the operation of the Constitution's corporations power.
The Fair Work Commission adjourned its inquiry into HSU Victorian No 1 branch entry permit applications this morning after branch general manager Kimberley Kitching indicated she would seek an urgent Federal Court order to compel the tribunal to rule on her argument that it has no jurisdiction to conduct the review.
Two Australia Post employees sacked for circulating p--nography in the workplace will keep their jobs after a full Federal Court ruled this morning that a FWC full bench made no errors in its decision to grant them leave to appeal a decision that upheld their dismissals.