The Federal Court has called "pens down" on two Adero Law class actions challenging Hays and Stellar Recruitment's use of casual mineworkers in the black coal industry, as the parties await Workpac's bid to thwart "double dipping" claims and consider additional cross claims.
In a rare FWC-arbitrated adverse action ruling, an employer has established that it sacked a bar supervisor because his performance deteriorated when he found out that it could not sponsor him for permanent residency and not because he asserted his workplace rights.
The FWC has upheld the dismissal of a 63-year-old male employee who sent text messages calling a 37-year-old male colleague his "bitch" and "toy boy" and threatened to "molest" him and squeeze his testicles until it made him cry.
The FWC has upheld the summary sacking of a process worker who smashed glass and poured thinner onto the ground to aid his forklift burnouts, finding the conduct "so extreme that it does not warrant any further inquiry", as "no explanation or mitigation" could avoid the result.
In a valedictory speech tracing his arrival in Sydney as an "economic refugee" in 1973 to becoming a union leader and Labor shadow minister, Senator Doug Cameron has told the Senate that his belief in socialism drove him to seek a Senate seat and credited his wife with saving him from alcohol addiction.
New Zealand's adoption of minimum wage rises that will on current trends lift the pay floor beyond 68% of median earnings by 2021 suggests that Australian unions might be too timid in pushing for a 60% benchmark, according to a new Centre for Future Work study that examines the lessons for Australia from the Ardern coalition government's IR reforms.