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High Court ruling to constrain expression of political views: Academics

Academics are warning of a "chilling effect" on the ability of public servants to express their political views, following today's High Court finding that a government department lawfully dismissed a public affairs officer over a barrage of highly-critical anonymous tweets.

Settlement wins back 100% of FEG outlays

IR Minister Christian Porter has congratulated his department and a Government-appointed special purpose liquidator for securing recovery of 100% of entitlements paid by the FEG to former employees of failed Clive Palmer entity Queensland Nickel.

Newsflash: High Court rules on workplace Twitter case

The High Court has today unanimously struck down a ruling that a federal government department unjustifiably trespassed on the implied constitutional rights of an employee when it dismissed her over her political tweets.

CFMMEU seeks urgent review of PABO rejection

With the FWC about to redetermine a non-union Latrobe Valley power industry deal made with a handful of employees, the CFMMEU has lodged an urgent challenge to a decision denying it a protected action ballot order on the basis it was too late to propose an alternative, union deal.

IR law round-up

Community housing organisation a trading corporation; Academic fails to secure anti-bullying order; HR-qualified director permitted to defend protections claim in court; and FWC refuses to stay reinstatement of pelican-feeder.

Review seeks changes to dismissal code; & more

Review pushes for changes to dismissal code; ABCC bill for "storm in a teacup" exceeds $400,000; PC to examine "best-practice" resource sector regulation; and FSU welcomes bank's changes to variable pay.

Employer held accountable for "disestablishment" of role

A university faces possible reinstatement and penalty orders following a finding that it used redundancy to manage-out a complaining accountant who was considered by her supervisor to be "poisonous to the team environment".

IR Minister fails to overturn long service ruling

Queensland's IR minister says an anomaly in the State's long service legislation needs to be fixed, after a court rejected her challenge to a ruling that denied payment to a worker dismissed just weeks before he reached the critical 10-year service threshold.

Sham contracting referred to FWO

The FWC has indicated it will refer a "a clear case of sham contracting" to the FWO for investigation, surmising that the company might have several workers engaged under unlawful employment arrangements.

Queensland proposing Christmas Eve public holiday

Queensland's Palaszczuk Government is seeking submissions on a proposed six-hour Christmas Eve public holiday, with employers arguing that it will make the State's businesses less competitive than their interstate and overseas competitors.