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Tensions continuing within CFMMEU after executive leak

The CFMMEU has found it "impossible" to convene a meeting of its national executive since the alleged leaking of comments by Victorian construction leader John Setka at the previous gathering, according to the union's national president, Tony Maher.

Sacked salesperson dug hole, "and kept digging": FWC

The FWC has upheld the sacking of a car salesperson accused of forging a customer's signature to secure finance on a vehicle, finding the alleged misconduct of "sufficient gravity" to outweigh an imperfect dismissal process.

Former AHA leader fined $50K for underpayments, threats

A former Australian Hotels Association divisional president has been penalised $50,000 for his part in underpayments and the threatened sacking of a Filipina motel manager for speaking to an FWO inspector.

FWC rounds on representative over "shocking" witness statement

The FWC has extended time for a dismissal claim by 41 days due to errors by an IR representative, accusing him of "feckless and egregious" conduct in filing a client's witness statement without showing it to him first.

Big employer needed "open mind" on leave timing: Court

The Federal Court has fined Airservices Australia for consciously failing to consult workers before forcing them to take leave during a Christmas/New Year shutdown period, observing there was "no point" in doing so once they returned to work.

Super "amnesty" riles unions

The Morrison Government is making a renewed attempt to pass legislation granting employers an amnesty to report unpaid superannuation.

HR manager's "vague" knowledge of employees' work hinders deal

A major employer has failed to apply the correct award in seeking approval for a new enterprise agreement covering two businesses, the FWC noting an HR manager involved in bargaining had "little to no knowledge" of the work performed by employees.


Deal approvals require more than "cursory gaze": FWC

A subsidiary of an established mining services company has failed to convince the FWC not to hear from the CFMMEU on a deal covering eight workers at the time it was made, purportedly because the Fair Work Act intends for small business to enter into agreements "without hindrance".

Split FWC bench upholds contentious labour hire deal

The CFMMEU has been refused permission to appeal the approval of a labour hire company's deal on the basis the black coal award incorporated in the predecessor agreement did not allow for casual production and engineering workers, a majority FWC bench finding it possible the provision's absence was "simply overlooked" by the employer.