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Labour hire bill backed by expert, panned by employers

Federal Labor's 'Same Job, Same Pay' legislation introduced into Parliament yesterday has won the endorsement of IR legal expert Anthony Forsyth, who says it represents the "next necessary step" in addressing the undesirable effects of labour hire workers being engaged for lengthy periods on lower wages and conditions than direct employees.

Quotas only way to get workers with disabilities into jobs: Innes

A former anti-discrimination commissioner has told a royal commission that targets are the only way to combat persistently low employment rates for workers with disabilities, ahead of major employers fronting a livestreamed hearing this week.

Intellectual property concerns warranted sacking: FWC

The FWC has upheld a government-funded organisation's summary sacking of a support officer who claimed ownership of a program's intellectual property while planning with a team of consultants to take it outside.

FedEx "playing with fire" over lock-out: TWU

The TWU has warned FedEx it is "playing with fire" after the global logistics company responded to rolling stoppages in pursuit of a better pay offer by locking out Sydney workers for two days.

Bank, union square off over alleged "pay secrecy" sacking

The FSU and the Commonwealth Bank are set to square off next month over accusations the bank sacked a worker for discussing his pay less than a month after chief executive Matt Comyn told a parliamentary committee the CBA does not enforce salary secrecy clauses.

Albanese stakes out labour hire battleground

Federal Opposition leader Anthony Albanese this morning confirmed his determination to make working conditions a major battleground in the upcoming Federal election with his introduction of a private member's bill aimed at erasing the gap between directly-employed and labour hire workers.

Flexibility requests might be four-day-week vehicle: Lawyer

An IR specialist has told a labour law conference that if employees can demonstrate it will not reduce productivity or service, it might become increasingly difficult for employers to validly refuse flexibility requests for four-day working weeks.

Many questions, few answers over suite of new IR laws

Unions have branded further legislation by the Morrison Government to protect migrant workers as "inadequate, given the scale and of nature" of exploitation, a view endorsed by a leading academic researcher.

FWC sends off National Rugby League referee

A National Rugby League referee has failed to make it onto the field to contest his general protections claim, after the FWC ruled that the employer did not dismiss him, but that his "maximum-term" 12-month contract expired.

"Inflexible" HR manager fails to win anti-bully orders

A HR manager who complained of "manhandling" and victim-blaming has failed to obtain anti-bullying orders against a school leadership team, after the FWC found she took an inflexible approach and refused to follow reasonable directions.