The Federal Court has ordered costs against a CSIRO scientist who falsely accused colleagues of s-xual harassment and discrimination, while also fining the agency for a complaint-handling failure it sought to "trivialise".
Unions say the 'integrity" legislation amendments released by IR Minister Christian Porter this afternoon don't limit the "extraordinarily wide range of grounds" for deregistering unions and disqualifying officials, and continue to potentially impose harsh punishment for "simple paperwork mistakes".
One of the FWC's newest members has taken aim at the jurisdiction's low-cost model, describing as "unacceptable" the tax on public and employer resources involved in pursuing an unresponsive unfair dismissal applicant.
In a significant ruling on how Fair Work Act breaches are to be assessed, a Federal Court full bench has invoked double jeopardy principles to strip $48,000 off penalties awarded against the CFMMEU and one of its organisers.
The nurses union says a plan to let faith-based hospital and aged care providers make discriminatory employment decisions based on religion could affect quality of care, while a teachers' union warns of "unanticipated consequences".
A Federal Court judge has for the second time rejected FWO arguments that the CFMMEU's maritime division should not benefit from the Fair Work Act's single course of conduct mechanism in determining penalties for an unlawful strike.
RAFFWU is suing a McDonald's franchise that allegedly required workers to find a replacement if they took sick leave, told them they had to call in sick by 10pm the night before scheduled shifts and denied them proper breaks.