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CFMMEU leader faces court over alleged credit card misuse

The ROC has begun civil penalty proceedings against CFMMEU mining and energy division Queensland district president Stephen Smyth over alleged union credit card misuse, including expenses incurred on family trips.

On-demand award would create "arbitrary schism": Academics

A trio of IR academics has ahead of next week's hearing of Menulog's application to create an on-demand delivery services award warned the FWC it would lead to an "arbitrary schism" between workers performing the same jobs.

Late application allowed after tardy HR advice

The FWC has extended time for a Victorian tram driver wrongly told he could use his employer's internal appeals process to challenge his sacking, with the advice not corrected by HR until a day after the tribunal's filing deadline.

Lessons for all employers in ambulance service report, says VEOHRC

The head of Victoria's Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission has urged all employers to heed the insights gained from the agency's year-long review of the State's ambulance service, which confirmed a workplace culture of "everyday" disrespect and sexism and recommends establishing an internal 'equality and reform' team.

Union slugged millions after rumination on "just" compensation

In a ruling giving close consideration to how compensation is assessed, the Federal Court has ordered the MUA to pay more than $2 million to Qube Logistics and Patrick stevedores over unlawful wharf stoppages in 2017.

Parliament does not meet workplace standards: AHRC report

The Australian Human Rights Commission has recommended an independent body be established to enforce parliamentary codes of conduct after a third of staffers responding to its workplace review reported experiencing some form of sexual harassment.

Employer faces legal test over medicinal cannabis sacking

The law firm representing a Queensland Rail worker allegedly sacked for taking legally prescribed medical cannabis says his general protections test case could have significant ramifications.

Giudice knew "tunes" of IR: Eulogy

Former national IR tribunal leader Geoffrey Giudice has been remembered for knowing "not just the words but the tunes of industrial relations", as well as for being the "hipster of Collins Street" on a three-wheeled Piaggio that nodded to his Italian heritage.

Teachers set to defy anti-strike orders

The NSW Teachers Federation insists that problems within the profession are "too large" for it to comply with "unprecedented" orders to call off a planned one-day strike and refrain from any further action for six months.