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Court orders first personal fine against a union official

A full Federal Court has today ushered in a new age in which union officials are held personally liable for breaching IR laws, ordering a CFMMEU organiser to pay almost $20,000 from his own pocket for his role in disrupting work at a construction site in 2013.

James replaced as Fair Work Ombudsman

Senior Jobs Department IR policy advisor Sandra Parker has today been announced as the new Fair Work Ombudsman, bringing Natalie James's five-year tenure to an end.



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.