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Vale Bryan Noakes

One of Australia’s leading employer advocates both nationally and internationally, Bryan Noakes, died on Tuesday at the age of 89 after years of ill-health.

New pay rules looming for lawyers, clerks

New rules for recording the working hours of junior lawyers and paralegals are set to take effect from March, despite protests from major law firms, while up to a million clerical employees are set to be subject to similar provisions.

Union official loses entry permit after "unprovoked" outburst

The FWC has taken the rare step of revoking the entry permit of a CFMMEU official who aggressively swore at a subcontractor at a road construction site before asking if he was going to use the hammer he was carrying "to smash me".

ROC ends pursuit of NUW NSW branch

The ROC has decided it is not in the public interest to seek penalties against the NUW's NSW branch, despite an 18-month investigation finding its entire management committee probably breached the Registered Organisations Act by failing to properly oversee branch expenditure.

Court closes AWU official's reprisal case

The Federal Circuit Court has dismissed by consent claims by the AWU's former WA branch vice president that the union sacked her because she complained about alleged sexual harassment.

Tensions rise between rival Workpac class actions

In an escalation of tension between the CFMMEU and Adero Law over their competing class actions on behalf of black coal mineworkers allegedly misclassified as casuals by Workpac, the union is asking the courts to compel the law firm to use "reasonable endeavours" to cooperate.

CFMMEU national leader seeks to halt "poaching"

CFMMEU national secretary Michael O'Connor has applied for Federal Court orders to immediately stop construction and general division Victorian branch leader John Setka from encouraging and inducing manufacturing division members to resign and join his operation.

Suspending action won't hasten new deal: FWC

An employer has failed to convince the FWC that suspending industrial action would improve the chances of reaching agreement before the business is transferred to a new owner.

High Court agrees to hear personal/carer's leave case

The High Court has today granted the Morrison Government and a major food manufacturer special leave to appeal a contentious decision on calculating sick and carers leave, claimed to potentially cost employers an extra $2 billion a year.