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Hearing date set for BHP vax mandate challenge

The FWC will hear the CFMMEU's challenge to BHP's mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy later this month after deciding the matter is significant enough to invite IR Minister Michaelia Cash, the ACTU and peak employer bodies to intervene.

Dubious dairy diary doesn't deserve costs: Court

An employer has failed to win costs against a former casual worker and his solicitor despite a finding that an underpayment claim was based on a "contrived" diary purporting to record his hours.

No generalised pay surge, says RBA; and more

RBA sees no sign tighter labour market driving broad-based pay rises: RBA; IR lawyers hoping to double fundraising to remember Peteris Ginters; Seminar on "bold" trade union training "experiment"; and Amazon responds to Sheldon exchanges.

"Red union" fails in COVID-19 vax challenge

The Federal Court has rejected an unregistered union's bid for an interlocutory injunction to halt disciplinary action against Victorian public hospital nurses who allegedly lawfully exercised workplace rights to seek consultation under OHS laws on their employer's mandatory vaccination policy.


Court reverses suppression of sexual harassment case

A court has lifted an interim suppression order protecting details of a sex discrimination case after an accused supervisor failed to convince it that media coverage made it so hard for him to focus on the matter that it outweighed the need for open justice.

Research aids ACTU bid for paid FDV leave

The ACTU's bid for 10 days paid family and domestic violence leave has been bolstered by new FWC-commissioned research indicating that a third of recent agreements have a paid entitlement and half of those deals provide at least the quantum the peak body is seeking.

IR on waterfront "requires attention": ACCC

The ACCC says IR has played a "pivotal role" in inhibiting productivity and efficiency gains at Australian ports, citing clauses in enterprise agreements that restrict recruitment decisions and automation.

Piece rates ruling "one of our greatest victories": AWU

A FWC full bench's insertion of a minimum wage guarantee in the horticulture award to ensure pieceworkers earn at least $25.41 an hour is "one of the most significant industrial decisions of modern times", according to the AWU.

Dangers as AI-based recruitment goes mainstream: Academic

As artificial intelligence-based systems for recruitment and selection of employees have moved from the "periphery" to "centre stage" in the past decade, their largely unregulated and poorly understood use has given rise to transparency issues and discrimination risks, according to a leading IR academic.