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Combet protests appointment to super review panel; & more

Combet calls for changes to retirement income review panel; SA wage theft inquiry underway; Medical unions call for staffing ratios in aged care; and Violent threats to principal lead to $1 million payout.

NSW barristers Chin and Raper take silk

Employment and IR specialists David Chin and Elizabeth Raper are among 21 barristers promoted to the ranks of senior counsel in NSW on Friday.

Entry permit granted despite failure to report ABCC prosecution

The FWC has in renewing a CFMMEU official's entry permit overlooked his failure to report that he is currently defending a court action alleging he threatened a contractor it couldn't continue on a project unless it paid "union rates".

Union to appeal dismissal over Hitler parody video

The AWU will argue that a senior FWC member failed to factor in the "true nature and effect" of a BP technician's Hitler parody video in its appeal against her decision upholding his sacking.

Builder penalised for spurning non-union contractor

A construction company's refusal to to engage a non-union subcontractor at the CFMMEU's behest has now cost it $275,000 in penalties and compensation, with the Federal Circuit Court noting such conduct "has the potential to perpetuate a culture of submission".

Former shadow minister warns against dumping IR policies

Former shadow IR minister Brendan O'Connor is urging the ALP to retain "meritorious" policies it took to the Federal election despite its narrow loss, including measures "essential" to restoring balance in workplaces.

Rugby Australia warns of implications of a Folau win

Refuting claims that it terminated rugby union player Israel Folau's contract because of his religious beliefs, Rugby Australia has warned of broad ramifications if he establishes that there is a common law principle prohibiting contracts that restrict people from sharing their religious views.