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"Emboldened" CFMMEU deserves no penalty discounts: Judge

A judge has today accepted the ABCC's view that the construction union's lengthy rap sheet should influence the penalty for a relatively minor breach, but has declined to impose a personal payment order on the official involved.

Seasoned IR advisor to freshen Woolies' act

Woolworths has retained former Fair Work Commission member Greg Harrison to independently review backpayment claims by current or former employees.

Added NERR wording coloured agreement process: FWC

The FWC has rejected a massage therapists' deal on the basis that extra wording in a preamble and at the end of the representational rights notice might have affected employees' interpretation and detracted from key messages.

Appointments looming for FWC expert panel

The Morrison Government is expected to soon make long-delayed appointments to the FWC's expert panel, ahead of the annual wage review picking up steam.

Specialists make $3 million claim

A group of 10 intensive care specialist doctors are suing Victorian public health service Austin Health for more than $3 million in alleged underpayments plus compensation for humiliation and loss of enjoyment.

Unions' vegetarian meals-only claim genuine bargaining: FWC

Sodexo's circuitous journey to a new offshore deal has taken another turn after the FWC gave unions the go-ahead to conduct a strike ballot despite arguments that a claim for workers to be provided only vegetarian meals showed they were not bargaining genuinely.

Short hiatus for CFMMEU "poaching" case

The Federal Court trial of allegations that the CFMMEU's construction and general division Victorian branch has been "poaching" members from elsewhere within the union has been delayed by consent.

Full court carpets Ross over "no decision at all"

A full Federal Court has delivered a pointed rebuke to FWC President Iain Ross, finding it could not consider a challenge to the decision of a Commission full bench he led because it was not, "with respect, any decision. . . at all".

Young Libs caution against wage theft heavy-handedness

The NSW Young Liberals have called on the Federal Coalition to establish a three-strike warning system to deal with employers that unintentionally underpay workers and for employees to "bear some of the risk", in a submission warning against "heavy-handed" policies.

Opposition unimpressed by NSW IRC appointment

The NSW Opposition has refused to welcome the promotion of Nichola Constant to the chief commissioner's role at the State IRC, saying the Berejiklian Government has missed a chance to appoint an outstanding candidate with strong IR credentials.