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FWC launches free online training site

The Fair Work Commission has launched a new online training facility, starting with two courses that explain interest-based bargaining.

PC to consider new NES carer entitlement

A Productivity Commission inquiry will explore whether to permit "informal carers" to take extended unpaid leave to support elderly friends and relatives, while submissions are due in April on a study of what might happen if priority is given to direct employment of aged care workers.

Sydney most likely post if new FWC member hired: GM

If the Federal Government appoints a new member to the FWC, they are likely to be located in Sydney, the tribunal's general manager told a Senate Estimates hearing last night.

ACCC wins boycott case against CFMMEU

The ACCC's recent heightened focus on the building industry might be bearing fruit, after the Federal Court found this week that the CFMMEU induced and had knowing involvement in major construction company J Hutchinson's unlawful boycott of a non-union waterproofing subcontractor, the Federal Court has ruled.

Spurned AWU fails to sink rival's greenfields deal

Despite AWU objections, the FWC has approved an employer's greenfields civil construction deal with rival the CFMMEU, observing that the former's historic coverage of the sector did not guarantee a place at the negotiating table.

Wage case timetable; Query over Senate witness treatment; & more

Provisional wage review timetable approved; Secure jobs inquiry queries witness treatment; New FWC website to launch this weekend; Permit suspended after underwhelming case; Productivity Inquiry gets underway; Labour Hire Authority thwarts "phoenixing"; and Feedback sought on online hearings.

IR review puts unregistered unions under gun

Queensland's Palaszczuk Labor Government has accepted recommendations to boost sexual harassment protections, entitle independent "gig" drivers and riders to minimum pay and leave conditions and impose penalties for unregistered unions misrepresenting their status.