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McDonald's faces class action over allegedly unpaid breaks

McDonald's has been hit with a second Federal Court case over its alleged failure to provide paid rest breaks, with a RAFFWU-backed class action claiming thousands of past and present workers are potentially owed millions over the "systemic" issue.

Schools put on notice over volunteer roles

The IEU says it will call out non-government schools over a widespread practice of engaging staff and others in key co-curricular roles as "volunteers", after a Queensland college back paid more than $2 million and entered into an enforceable undertaking with the FWO.

NAB's "overworked" managers to sue

The FSU says it will sue the National Australia Bank after a survey of more than 1000 middle managers revealed widespread excessive unpaid work and "unbearable levels of stress and anxiety", but the bank says there is no such expectation of extra hours.

High Court hears prior conduct case as CFMMEU fined $460K

The financial implications of the ABCC's Pattinson High Court case being heard today have been reinforced by the Federal Court's latest ruling against the CFMMEU, a judge acknowledging that while the $460,000 fine factored in the union's long history of contraventions it still needed to be "proportionate" to the breaches involved.

"Sham" redundancy followed anti-bullying application: Claim

An IT officer is suing the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission for allegedly subjecting him to a "sham" redundancy motivated by his failed anti-bullying application and personal clashes with a team leader.

Tribunal rejects suspended lawyer's bid for barrister's FB posts

A solicitor suspended for his "unprofessional" opposition to mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations has failed to convince a tribunal that Facebook should be forced to produce posts from the 'Lawyer Mums Australia' page administered by one of his chief critics.

Carer duties prompted job overhaul, claim Police Academy lecturers

Two Police Academy lecturers have launched court action against employer Charles Sturt University over an alleged plan to place them in a part-time job share arrangement, accusing it of bullying and discriminating against them because of their carers' responsibilities.

NSW laws to protect ratepayers from slavery's "taint"

NSW's Modern Slavery Act has won Royal Assent after three years in limbo, imposing reporting obligations on local councils, government agencies and statutory corporations and establishing an independent anti-slavery commissioner.

CUB had right to resist reinstatement of on-hire worker: Full Court

A full Federal Court has dismissed an on-hire worker's bid to overturn a FWC ruling that it could not force a labour hire company to reinstate him to his former job at client CUB, upholding the tribunal's finding giving primacy to the host employer's right to determine who it allowed on its site.