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Tribunal rejects challenge to BHP vax mandate

Mining unions have failed to convince a senior FWC member that BHP's vaccination mandate breaches the Privacy Act and that it would be reasonable to let workers confirm their inoculation status via the same check-in method they use to enter a pub.

Indian HQ's HR advice invalid: Manager

A compliance manager with the local arm of technology giant Lenovo claims in an adverse action case that after setting her up for failure, its India-based HR director investigated her bullying complaint and came back with a finding that is invalid under Australian law, but the company has dismissed the claims as "meritless".

Unfair to sack worker for flattening pet galah: FWC

An employer unfairly sacked a labourer for running over a pet galah, the FWC has held, rejecting claims that he breached a formal directive not to operate vehicles when Crackers was on the ground.

CommBank "stole" $45m in paid tea breaks: FSU

The FSU is suing the Commonwealth Bank in the Federal Court for allegedly denying retail banking employees 10-minute rest breaks, claiming it owes at least $45 million in backpay to about 3000 workers.

Tribunal rejects scope bids for BHP OS

The FWC has rejected two unions' competing scope order applications for BHP Operations Services production and maintenance entities, finding that granting their bids would not resolve the key blockage - the company's determination to offer barebones safety net deals rather than comprehensive ones.

Fork off: Backdown on under-age driver plan

National Cabinet has today decided against reducing isolation periods for coronavirus-positive workers from seven days to five, while it has also abandoned plans to allow under-18s to drive forklifts, as governments continue to discuss ways to ameliorate worker shortages in the supply chain.

News Corp rejects "any wrongdoing" by top editor

News Corp has rejected "any suggestion of wrongdoing" by former executive and Sydney Daily Telegraph ex-editor Col Allan, after the New York Post's former managing editor accused him of sex-based harassment and pursued him for an unspecified amount of compensation and punitive damages in the United States.

Qantas asks FWC to axe long-haul cabin crew deal

The FAAA says it will vigorously oppose an unprecedented Qantas bid to terminate its international cabin crew agreement, after a 97% majority rejected the Flying Kangaroo's unilateral "best offer" for a new deal.

No costs against law firm accused of having "heads in sand"

A large employer has failed to win costs against a law firm it accused of burying "their heads in the sand" over the integrity of a client whose claims of mistakenly altering the expiry date on a key qualification fell apart under scrutiny by the FWC.