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Marketers' alleged 'control' of workers detailed in class action claims

Two big international direct marketing companies exercised control over workers who were engaged as independent contractors to sell products or solicit donations to major corporations and charities, according to documents lodged with the Federal Court.

Ex-union leader sics ROC on successor, asks for "full force of the law"

A public stoush over representation of flight crew has hit the tarmac, with ousted FAAA national division secretary Andrew Staniforth calling on the ROC to pursue maximum penalties against his successor over statements about his new employee representation company.

Lloyd resigns in wake of alleged code breach

The Australian Public Service Commissioner, John Lloyd, has resigned two weeks after Senate Estimates heard that he faced an allegation of breaching the public service code of conduct.

Biggest minimum wage hike since 2010 "unlikely" to hit jobs: FWC

The Fair Work Commission today reaffirmed its view that modest and regular minimum wage increases won't sabotage a robust employment landscape, representing this year's 3.5% hike as an "opportunity to improve relative living standards of the low-paid".

News Flash: Award wages up by 3.5% from July 1

The Fair Work Commission has this morning granted award-reliant workers a 3.5% increase, lifting the national minimum wage by $24.30 a week or 64 cents an hour in this year's annual wage review ruling.


Late second medical opinion no basis for overturning sacking: FWC

In upholding the dismissal on medical grounds of a prison officer who was later declared fit, the FWC has noted his union gained permission to obtain a second opinion but also assisted him in making an ill-fated decision not to pursue it until after his termination.

Technology won't protect gig workers from themselves: Airtasker

One year into a landmark agreement between Airtasker and Unions NSW to improve pay and conditions, the company's chief executive Tim Fung has told a Senate inquiry the platform's technology is not up to the task of ensuring adherence to minimum pay and licensing requirements.