An FWC full bench has today begun hearing unions' bid to "disaggregate" overtime rates from casual loading in a range of awards, with employers arguing that an increase in casuals' overtime rates would reduce participation in the workforce.
In a decision clarifying the degree to which workers can rely on their state of mind to justify late applications, the FWC has granted an extension to a cleaner "incapacitated" by stress after making serious allegations about her former colleagues.
The Federal Court has dismissed a multi-million dollar class action against Airservices Australia by senior public servants, ruling they were not covered by agreements that would have delivered far superior entitlements.
In a decision probing the practical application of natural justice and procedural fairness principles in a public transport provider's disciplinary process, the FWC has held that it fell short in concluding that a tram driver tried to "wilfully mislead" an investigation.
An FWC full bench has thrown out a $40,000 compensation order made against an employer found to have unfairly dismissed a worker, ruling that a senior member erred in failing to categorise it as a small business.
The United Workers Union that is set to emerge from the amalgamation of United Voice and the NUW will have a "radical" structure that does away with state branches and instead adopts internal union "electorates" and sectoral organising.