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Union lashed over delaying agreement approval

The CFMMEU has been lashed for its role in delaying the approval of a three-worker agreement replacing an expired deal, the FWC questioning whether it was pursuing an "agenda" rather than assisting the tribunal as required under the relevant legislative provisions.


AHRC seeking feedback on discrimination reform proposals

The Human Rights Commission is inviting "last chance" submissions, ahead of a conference in October, on its recommendations to amend federal discrimination laws to insert new protected attributes, review coverage and exemptions and beef up their powers.


Court puts bite on recalcitrant, underpaying dentist

The former director of a liquidated dental practice has been penalised and ordered to backpay a 457 visa worker thousands of dollars after a second adverse underpayment judgment involving his company.

Queensland proposing Christmas Eve public holiday

Queensland's Palaszczuk Government is seeking submissions on a proposed six-hour Christmas Eve public holiday, with employers arguing that it will make the State's businesses less competitive than their interstate and overseas competitors.

HR title add-on helps sink council bid for external lawyers

The addition of 'human resources' to an acting health and safety advisor's job title has helped persuade the FWC that a council can rely on its own employees rather than external legal representation to defend an unfair dismissal case.

Employer wanted workers to give "100%" to strike: FWC

An employer has been labelled "disingenuous" and a union told it could struggle to explain its interest to members in the "curious" case of employees not paid for work performed when they returned to their jobs before the end of a protected strike.


Workshop to show employers how to "tear up" restrictive deals

Unions have hit out at an employer workshop on taking advantage of the Victorian union movement while it is "on the back foot" by tearing up restrictive clauses and legacy issues negotiated when they reputedly "held all the cards".