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No link between social media accounts and job: Folau

Representative rugby union player Israel Folau will argue that he maintained social media accounts wholly disconnected from his employment to communicate religious content, according to his Federal Circuit Court action, which claims that his sacking breached religious protections in the Fair Work Act.

New ALP senator promises to regulate the disrupters

Labor Senator and former TWU national secretary Tony Sheldon has pledged to use his new role to "disrupt the disrupters" by regulating online commerce, while extending superannuation to gig economy workers.

FWC backs sacking for threat to "bring down" managers

The FWC has upheld Great Southern Rail's sacking of a hospitality worker for serious misconduct, finding he threatened two managers with repeated outbursts of verbal abuse that left them feeling "shaken and unsafe".

"Integrity" Bill passes House, introduced to Senate

The Coalition's "ensuring integrity" legislation passed the lower house late yesterday afternoon, after IR Minister Christian Porter sought to "correct the record" on claims put by opponents of the Bill.

Folau lodges court claim

Representative rugby union player Israel Folau has today lodged his unlawful dismissal case in the Federal Circuit Court.

Near-record numbers covered by March quarter agreements

Bargained private sector pay rises remained below 3% in the March quarter, but the number of employees covered in the period rebounded to near-record levels, according to new Attorney-General's Department data released today.

Potential strife for Melbourne trains after strike ballot

Melbourne train commuters could soon face significant disruption after RTBU members endorsed taking protected industrial action against the metropolitan area's privatised passenger rail operator, Metro Trains.

Court declines whistleblower's bid for open information channels

An academic who is accusing Murdoch University of adverse action in retaliation for alleged public interest disclosures about international student admissions has failed to convince the Federal Court to make a "blanket order" allowing the "free flow" of information that might otherwise risk imprisonment.

Albanese attacks "integrity" legislation; and more

Opposition says "hatred-blinded" employer underlines benefits of unions; Consumer prices up: ABS; $62,000 fine for builder who blocked union entry; and Minor NERR mistake no barrier to approval.

New senator heralds union merger as "critical development"

New Labor senator Tim Ayres in his first speech to Parliament has defended unions as "a public good" in the face of recent "attacks" and lauded the United Voice-NUW merger as crucial in renewing private sector union capacity.