A Federal Court judge has foreshadowed today that he will order a litigation funder to provide security for the potential costs of two IR class actions, while observing that such a move is unlikely to have a "stultifying" effect on the proceedings.
The Morrison Government has lowered the bar for employers to reject job applicants with criminal records in response to a Human Rights Commission finding that Suncorp discriminated against an applicant with a record of accessing child pornography by refusing to hire him.
A looming Federal Court judgment on whether to grant security of costs to employers facing multi-million-dollar casuals class actions could make employment matters much less attractive to litigation funders, according to a law firm that is targeting the black coal mining industry.
Victoria's Andrews Labor Government is preparing to introduce industrial manslaughter legislation into State Parliament by the end of the year, while Federal IR Minister Christian Porter says further investigation is needed before such an offence is incorporated in the model WHS Act.
The Human Rights Commission and the Diversity Council are warning that the Morrison Government's draft Religious Discrimination Bill gives priority to religious expression over other rights at work, while the IEU claims religious schools have threatened members with disciplinary action over the union's criticism of it.
A tribunal has held that Sydney Water sexually harassed and discriminated against an employee when her photo was displayed on a workplace health and safety poster, for which she unwittingly posed, beneath the slogan "Feel great - lubricate!".
The FWO is prosecuting the operators of a Sydney restaurant for allegedly underpaying a skilled worker on a SubClass 457 visa by more than $150,000 while they maintained "overall control" of his bank account.