In a landmark ruling, the Federal Court has found today that a Spotless subsidiary failed to meet its obligations under the NES to provide notice and severance pay to employees – some with 15 to 20 years service – when it lost a longstanding services contract at a major shopping complex.
A full Federal Court has found that a CFMEU official breached the Fair Work Act's "hinder or obstruct" prohibition for permit-holders when he "liberally" swore at a safety inspector, but rejected the ABCC's argument that it was denied procedural fairness when the trial judge described former Commissioner Nigel Hadgkiss's questioning of a witness as "inexcusable".
A full Federal Court has rejected an appeal by a CFMEU construction and general division official against answering questions in court from his own counsel on the grounds that he might incriminate himself.
A court has thrown out a union bid to shut down a report into discriminatory behaviour in the Victorian fire services, confirming that the state human rights commission's powers extend to investigating statutory corporations.
A labour hire company is appealing the quashing of a two-year-old agreement covering more than 1000 mine services workers after it was found to have been inadequately explained to the three workers who agreed it.