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"Blackmail" an afterthought, Boral executives admitted

Key witnesses in this week's collapsed criminal case against two Victorian CFMEU leaders told the Melbourne Magistrates Court that nobody mentioned the word "blackmail" to them until more than a year after a crucial meeting in April 2013.


New labour hire regime begins, with lawyers among those spared

Australia's first labour hire licensing regime comes into effect in Queensland today with legislators attempting to meet industry concerns about its wide cast by tackling the thorny issue of who is and who isn't caught in its scope.

Union urges Hayne to review targets, performance management

The FSU has told the Hayne Royal Commission that in following its terms of reference by examining remuneration practices in the banking and finance sector, it should also scrutinise an associated issue - target-based performance management.

Equal pay, domestic violence leave headline potential IR Act changes

Western Australia has put closing the gender pay gap and introducing universal domestic violence leave squarely on the table as a result of recommendations contained in an interim report on the government-commissioned review of the state's IR framework.

FSU at royal commission; On-hire worker's dismissal claim; & more

FSU legally represented in banking royal commission; "No end date" comment spurs on-hire dismissal claim; Company's "secret" to closing gender pay gap; Disputes at decade-long low; and surprising lift in US private sector union membership.

Legislators need to deliver: Gig platform

Gig economy platform Deliveroo has called on legislators to help provide "the best of both worlds" to their riders by considering workplace law changes that would enable linking of benefits with the number of deliveries, without "sacrificing. . . flexible supplier agreements".



CFMEU takes legal action against AFP over alleged leak

The CFMEU has begun legal action in the ACT Supreme Court alleging the Federal Police taped a private phone call between a CFMEU official and a former ACT Police Minister's office and then leaked it to the media.