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Big W deal approved, reasons "in due course"

The FWC has approved a new Big W deal but is yet to give reasons for rejecting RAFFWU's objections about job security representations and the retailer's announcement immediately after workers voted it up that it would close stores and change rosters.

Workpac class actions placed on hold

Two class actions against the labour hire company Workpac will be adjourned until after the full Federal Court rules on the landmark Rossato case on casual employment.

Vale, Joe Isaac AO

Economist and former Australian Conciliation and Arbitration Commission presidential member Joe Isaac has died, aged 97.

Gina's inadequately explained rail deal approved via undertakings

A senior FWC member has expressed "no hesitancy" in departing from full bench authorities on whether undertakings can overcome genuine agreement concerns, approving a deal made with two train drivers that will cover an entire workforce on the Roy Hill Pilbara mine network.

HR team given approving tick over inherent requirements sacking

In what stands as a best-practice model for inherent requirements dismissals, the FWC has endorsed an HR department's handling of a complex case involving an injured storeperson unable to lift more than five kilograms.

Senate rejects Labor bid to remove Skene 'shield'

Crossbench senators have helped defeat a Labor bid to disallow regulations that aim to support employers against claims arising from the full Federal Court's Skene decision on casual leave.

Senators consider referring Setka to police over "threats"

Three crossbench Senators are considering what action to take against Victorian CFMMEU leader John Setka for allegedly threatening to campaign against them if they support the government's "ensuring integrity" Bill.

Fire-damaged machinery, not bushfires, caused stand down: Bench

A wood mill operator does not have to pay its former workforce for a five-week stand-down period after an FWC full bench confirmed that the time lost was due to damaged machinery, rather than the bushfires that rendered it inoperative in the first place.