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Rio "unilaterally" extracted contractual entitlement: IRC

Rio Tinto artificially limited contractual terms when it denied two FIFO mineworkers their entitlement to an extra allowance for nights spent away from their work base, the WA Industrial Relations Commission has found.

Canadian "contractor" who flew south an employee, says FWC

A Sydney-based Canadian paid a regular monthly untaxed figure in US dollars by a Calgary-headquartered company for which he agreed to act as an independent contractor has had his unfair dismissal claim upheld, with the FWC finding he was not genuinely retrenched.

Long commute from beachside idyll not "unreasonable hardship": FWC

The FWC has expressed sympathy for a new father who resisted incentives to buy a second family car to help preserve a work-life balance upended by a transfer to a distant office, but ultimately agreed his employer did not breach his contract's "unreasonable hardship" clause.

Visa worker "ripe" for exploitation: FWC

In a ruling criticising the practice of diplomats recruiting domestic workers from overseas, the FWC has ordered Iraq's consul-general to pay $20,000 to a Filipina live-in nanny dismissed after raising concerns about her entitlements.


'Comic' employment contracts won't save the day...yet

So-called 'comic' employment contracts replacing dense legalese with images have been coolly received by both the peak employer and employee bodies, each expressing a preference for the power of words when it comes to interpretation and enforcement.

"Casual" employee entitled to annual leave: Court

In a decision sure to be closely analysed by employers, a court has ruled that a worker is entitled to accrued annual leave despite being paid a casual loading for 15 years.

Lloyd claims "no real change" in revised APS policy

APS Commissioner John Lloyd denies that a new public sector bargaining policy contains an added push towards individual flexibility arrangements, but the CPSU says its "explicit encouragement" along with the extension of a 2% pay rise cap undermines bargaining, wages and conditions.


Religious law has ultimate power in employment contract: Court

A Supreme Court has reaffirmed the force of religious laws within employment contracts, restraining administrators at a cash-strapped Sydney synagogue from dismissing a rabbi after finding that his engagement conferred lifetime tenure under Orthodox Jewish law.