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Uber's contractor model given FWO tick

Uber's business model in Australia has survived another round of regulatory scrutiny, the FWO deciding not to take compliance action after determining that its drivers are not employees.

"Recidivist" CFMMEU official cops $22K fine third time around

A "recidivist" CFMMEU official who on two occasions last year avoided having personal payment orders made against him was today penalised $22,000 for telling a site manager to "get f**ked" when asked for his "notice", before climbing on an operating crane.

Bid to add APS Commissioner to bullying claim rejected

A public servant has failed to convince the FWC to let her to amend her bullying application to include the Australian Public Service Commissioner, alleging he dealt with her complaints against the head of a financial security agency in a "grossly unfair manner" and made "vexatious allegations".

Folau dismissal heading to FWC

Rugby union player Israel Folau has lodged an unlawful termination application with the FWC over his dismissal last month for posting on Instagram that "hell awaits" homosexuals, drunks and atheists.

"Common industrial interest" smooths path for merger vote

United Voice and the NUW are a step closer to conducting a member ballot on whether to merge to become Australia's biggest blue-collar union, with the FWC this week issuing a community of interest declaration acknowledging their shared industrial interests.

FWC rejects axing of deal workers did not know existed

The FWC has refused to terminate a decade-old agreement after hearing a construction company's workers did not know it existed and observing that there was "no evidence whatsoever" about the individual employment arrangements now in place.

Big companies "getting it wrong" on payroll: James

Former Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James has warned of IR specialists kept in cupboards, time bombs for HR managers and nightmare scenarios caused by "fundamental misunderstandings", in a speech to an Ai Group forum.

Sacked executive $420K out of pocket after court costs refused

A court has cited multiple settlement offers in refusing to award costs to a mortgage provider or its former chief executive, who says he spent well over $500,000 on an adverse action claim which netted him $110,000.

Conciliators should bow out of arbitration if objections: Bench

In a significant decision on FWC practices, a Commission full bench has made a powerful case for members conciliating a matter to automatically step aside from arbitrating the dispute if a party objects to their continued involvement, obviating the need for recusal hearings.