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FWC releases "business needs" brake on reclassification

The FWC has ordered aerospace company Boeing to promptly deal with a tradesperson's reclassification bid, finding the company's repeated refusal to do so in breach of its enterprise agreement.

Seek immunity for complicit workers in future: Court to FWO

FWO celebrations over winning almost $400,000 in penalties against a travel company and its director for cash-back arrangements have been tempered by a court's observation that it might have been wise to secure immunity for the two visa-seeking workers concerned before initiating litigation.

Customer feedback "unfair" performance measure: FWC

In a decision that might convince employers to reconsider using client feedback as a basis for KPIs, the FWC has highlighted Audi's "astounding" absence of HR specialists in finding it unfairly dismissed a service advisor for failing to meet benchmark customer survey scores.

Senate to conduct inquiry into wage "theft"

The Senate has approved a wide-ranging inquiry into wage and superannuation "theft" by employers, despite the Morrison Government arguing it is not needed.

Academic responds to university's damages bid

An academic says Murdoch University has no legal basis to seek damages against him for a dip in international student enrolments after his alleged public interest disclosures about its admissions practices.

Full court weighs options after six-year hiatus

A full Federal Court is today probing whether a judge's six-year year delay in issuing a decision on a sexual harassment case led him to overlook the credit of witnesses and skimp on analysis as he "succumbed to the psychological attraction of a simple conclusion".


AWU's Walton responds to ex-official's harassment claim

The AWU has hit back at a Federal Circuit Court claim in which its former WA branch vice president is accusing the union of sacking her because she complained about alleged sexual harassment.

Kmart deal set to pass despite ballot flaws

Wesfarmers subsidiary Kmart wrongly permitted new recruits to vote for its latest agreement even though they were not engaged until after the access period, according to an FWC full bench that has nevertheless quashed an earlier rejection of the deal and invited submissions on an undertaking to provide choice of super fund.