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CFMEU wins majority support determination for senior employees

Alcoa Australia has been ordered to bargain with the CFMEU for an enterprise agreement to cover 15 power supply operators at its regional Victorian plant after the Fair Work Commission granted the union a majority support determination.

Employee's "flagrant" copyright breach costs him $50,000

A software engineer breached his employment contract, his equitable duty of confidence, the Copyright Act and the Corporations Act when he downloaded more than 380,000 of his employer's files onto a hard drive, just before he resigned, a court has found.

FWC stymies shift to individual contracts

The Fair Work Commission has rejected a second attempt by electricity distributor Essential Energy to move some managers and senior technical employees from an enterprise agreement to individual contracts, ruling that the "common understanding" of the agreement's coverage clause overrides its literal meaning.

Chef's undisclosed $1 mark-up breached contractual duties

A hotel chef breached his contractual duty of fidelity and fiduciary duties by sourcing chicken schnitzels through his wife's business and selling them to his employer for $1 more than their original purchase price, a court has found.

Employer not liable for Christmas party king-hit

A court has ruled that a company did not breach its contractual duty of care for an employee who was injured in an assault during a Christmas party cruise.

Council chief keeps reasonable notice compensation

A Supreme Court appeal bench has upheld a ruling that a local council's chief executive was not covered by an award and was therefore entitled to 12 months' notice of dismissal.