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New McDonald's deal faces grilling after large "no" vote

RAFFWU will object to the FWC's approval of a new McDonald's deal voted up by an historically-low 59% majority, as it attempts to clear the way to terminate the burger giant's nominally expired 2013 agreement and claw back more than $250 million in alleged underpayments.

Spotless slugged $60,000 for paying unwitting union members' fees

ASX-listed Spotless Group Limited has been ordered to pay 14 former employees a total of $60,000 for breaching their privacy rights when disclosing their names to a union and paying their membership fees without authorisation.


Clearing agreement roadblocks, but no shortcuts: Senior FWC member

A senior FWC member has reassured an employer audience that the tribunal is rapidly clearing roadblocks to "timely" agreement-making, while reminding them there are no "shortcuts" in addressing issues that have seen the number of deals requiring undertakings more than double in two years.

"It's on us" to go in harder: Ombudsman

The Fair Work Ombudsman has foreshadowed a tougher approach to compliance and enforcement in 2019/20, with underpayment of workers in fast food, restaurants and cafes leading its priorities.

Falsified bank statements lead to costs award, further scrutiny

An IT consultant who falsified bank statements to disprove allegations she was working for private clients on company time has been ordered to pay a portion of her employer's legal costs, while the FWC considers whether she committed an offence under the Fair Work Act.

Error in written decision no indication of bias: FWC

An FWC member has rebuffed an employer's claim that he should recuse himself from hearing an unfair dismissal case on the basis of an ultimately admitted error he made in writing up a jurisdictional decision.

Burke appointed shadow IR Minister

Labor's new shadow IR minister is prominent frontbencher and former SDA organiser Tony Burke, who in his youth won improved pay and conditions for paperboys after threatening to picket a newsagency.

Retrenched workers target world-leading defence contractor

Fifty retrenched employees are suing of one of the world's largest defence contractors for alleged underpayment of leave and redundancy entitlements expected to exceed $1 million, with some veteran workers arguing that AWA transitional instruments continue to apply.