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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.

HR title add-on helps sink council bid for external lawyers

The addition of 'human resources' to an acting health and safety advisor's job title has helped persuade the FWC that a council can rely on its own employees rather than external legal representation to defend an unfair dismissal case.

Employer wanted workers to give "100%" to strike: FWC

An employer has been labelled "disingenuous" and a union told it could struggle to explain its interest to members in the "curious" case of employees not paid for work performed when they returned to their jobs before the end of a protected strike.


Noonan pushes back against Lambie call to eject Setka

The CFMMEU will not be pushed into "trying to appease people" such as Senator Jacqui Lambie by ousting Victorian construction secretary John Setka, according to one of the union's senior leaders.

Don't hand benefit fund regulation to ROC, says Burke

The Coalition should not make the "discredited and politicised" ROC the regulator of workers' entitlement funds, noting that even the Heydon Royal Commission didn't recommend going down that track, Shadow IR Minister Tony Burke told Parliament this week in his response to the "proper use of benefits" legislation.

Pickers win settlement as labour hire company again digs deep

The labour hire company that last year laid out $150,000 to settle an underpayments claim brought by five fruit pickers has settled another case on behalf of more than 20 workers with "acceptable monetary terms" and the right to return to work.


Workshop to show employers how to "tear up" restrictive deals

Unions have hit out at an employer workshop on taking advantage of the Victorian union movement while it is "on the back foot" by tearing up restrictive clauses and legacy issues negotiated when they reputedly "held all the cards".

Bundy deceit justifies sacking, says FWC

The FWC has upheld the dismissal of an armoured vehicle operator who admitted that he might not have persevered with his case had his employer granted earlier access to "quite damning" CCTV footage