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Qantas pilots vote up ultra long distance deal

Qantas long-haul pilots have voted 85% in favour of a new deal that will enable them to fly its Project Sunrise non-stop international routes, assuming the airline pushes ahead with its plan after dealing with the fallout from the coronavirus.

Court orders in-house lawyer to pay $200,000 in costs

A senior Victorian public sector lawyer who failed to establish that agreement terms had been incorporated into his employment contract has been ordered to pay his employer the $200,000 in costs it sustained through its undertaking to keep him in his job until the finalisation of the case.

Extended talk after asbestos scare unprotected action: Court

The Federal Circuit Court has held that an employer was obliged to dock four hours' pay from workers attending a lunchtime talk on asbestos that ran 45 minutes over time, noting a supervisor who considered it "unremarkable" had no authority to extend the meeting.

Casual's 100-day-late general protections claim to proceed

A casual worker has won an extension of more than 100 days to file a general protections claim after the Federal Circuit Court found he reasonably acted on incorrect FWO advice and filed his claim in the wrong court.

Bench queries advice in "hopeless" case

An FWC full bench has taken aim at the legal advice given to a group of Coles distribution centre workers who over the course of four years and four adverse findings continued to pursue what ultimately became a "hopeless" case related to their work duties.

Court allows workers to maintain class action

The Federal Court has refused to "declass", provide an "opt-in" or make a common fund order for a major class action that is seeking entitlements for at least 3350 telecommunications workers allegedly misclassified as subcontractors.

CSIRO "unjustly enriched" by sham arrangement: Scientist

A former CSIRO marine biologist is seeking more than $250,000 in alleged underpayments as part of a sham contracting and "unjust enrichment" case challenging its part-time work arrangements and use of unpaid visiting scientists.

Bus driver's sacking over mobile calls "disproportionate": Tribunal

In what a union has hailed as a victory for a commonsense approach to mobile phone use, a tribunal has reinstated a bus driver sacked for making two calls while parked with the doors open and the vehicle's dual braking system engaged.

BlueScope had no "unilateral" right to shave contracts

A court has held that BlueScope Steel repudiated the contracts of managerial employees by taking them off annualised salary arrangements under a 2015 Port Kembla steelworks rescue plan said to have cut their pay by more than $20,000.