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Court temporarily reinstates sacked union delegate

The Federal Court has ordered a timber factory to reinstate a CFMMEU delegate while it determines his adverse action claim, noting a "distinct coincidence" in his sacking soon after joining the union and becoming involved in bargaining that appears "too acute to be accidental".

Court considers circumstances of slow-paying business

A court has been lenient with a financially distressed business that failed to comply with a timetable to make $18,000 in FWC-ordered payments to an unfairly sacked chef, fining the company but sparing its sole director.

Six-year delay might render verdict "unsafe"

The Federal Court has found a sexually harassed worker has a reasonable chance of successfully challenging orders clearing a Boral subsidiary of vicarious liability, on the basis that the judgment is "unsafe" due to a six-year delay.

Coalition has second go at "ensuring integrity" legislation

The Morrison Government has today re-introduced legislation that provides a public interest test for union mergers and makes it easier to de-register unions and disqualify officials who repeatedly break the law, arguing it is needed to specifically deal with the CFMMEU.

FWC member refuses to step aside

A Fair Work Commissioner has warned of member shopping, delay tactics and artificial constraints in comprehensively rejecting full bench advice that those conciliating a matter should automatically step aside from arbitrating the dispute if a party objects to their continued involvement.

Court rejects ABCC coercion case against CFMMEU official; & more

Court rejects ABCC coercion case against CFMMEU official; ETU damns industry super report "spruiking" nukes; DP World seeking to halt MUA's industrial action; Ginters inspires lawyers to raise funds for MND; and FWC upholds reinstatement of drunk employee.

Supervisor's sacking by text "disgraceful"

A senior FWC member has reiterated that no employer should dismiss a worker by electronic means, finding the sacking of a supervisor via text message "disgraceful and grossly unfair".

Workers' $130,000 windfall. . . if they can be found

A multinational company has won a rare stay on orders that it pay 173 former detention centre workers more than $130,000 in unpaid allowances, after the Federal Court found the union pushing their case had no record of their whereabouts.