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Job security link permits FWC to rule on casual conversion clause

A large pharmaceutical company is obliged to convert labour hire workers to permanent positions after a year's continuous employment, the FWC ruling that the relevant agreement clause was a permitted matter because it promoted job security.

Minister lauds HR skills of new IR tribunal member

A representative for IR Minister Kelly O'Dwyer has praised a new FWC presidential appointee for his HR expertise and direct business experience, observing it is "not a common attribute" of Commission members "who tend to operate in the IR system".

Bench decries purported "Fair Work" IR advisors

An FWC full bench has castigated a "reckless" employment advice provider whose actions led to an employee missing the 21-day deadline for lodging a general protections claim, finding his confusion together with representative error provided the exceptional circumstances required to extend time.

Private sector bargained pay rises flatlining: Report

Wages in private sector agreements approved in last year's December quarter provided average pay increases of 3% a year, unchanged from the level of the previous three-month period, according to new Department of Jobs data.

Harwin takes on IR role in NSW

After retaining government at the March 23 State election, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has folded IR into a newly-named Public Service and Employee Relations portfolio and handed it to Arts Minister Don Harwin.

FWC upholds sacking for fraud

The FWC has upheld the dismissal of a National Australia Bank employee for fraudulent lending practices, rejecting her assertion she had been made a "scapegoat" for the bank's Hayne Royal Commission woes.

FWC backs sacking of worker who told HR manager "you are nothing"

The FWC has upheld fashion designer Alex Perry's dismissal of a long-serving patternmaker/sample machinist for threatening and intimidating behaviour towards his female colleagues, including an HR manager he described as "nothing".

Rio "unilaterally" extracted contractual entitlement: IRC

Rio Tinto artificially limited contractual terms when it denied two FIFO mineworkers their entitlement to an extra allowance for nights spent away from their work base, the WA Industrial Relations Commission has found.

CFMMEU returns to court in One Key money chase

The CFMMEU is calling on the Federal Court to review its "outrageous" decision to direct that $1 million held in a trust fund on members' behalf be shared by all former employees of liquidated labour hire company One Key Workforce Pty Ltd.