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Tribunal head vents over member's "imprecise" decision

A tribunal head has taken the unusual step of critiquing a member's "imprecise" decision that required an appeal bench to review evidence to identify the reasoning behind his findings.

Successful appeal revives ROC pursuit of union over donations

A full Federal Court has cleared the way for ROC to recommence probing historic AWU donations to GetUp! and ALP campaigns, holding it did not need to suspect breaches of financial probity in order to have reasonable grounds.

COVID-19 stand down designed to avoid big payout: FWC

The FWC has ordered a recruitment company to immediately end the stand-down of a state manager after rejecting its claim that COVID-19 left her with no work, finding instead that it sought to force her to resign.

Worker to repay FEG amount in Plutus washup

A worker must repay his $31,000 FEG payment after a tribunal found that he was employed by a retail chain and not by the now liquidated Plutus Payroll.

Anti-vax worker might have refused lawful direction: FWC

A senior FWC member has found it arguable a childcare worker unreasonably refused a lawful direction when she declined a mandatory flu vaccination, in a decision rejecting her bid for a one-day extension of time for her unfair dismissal claim.

Criminal cartel case against CFMMEU starting in February

The ACCC's landmark criminal cartel case against the CFMMEU and its construction and general division ACT branch secretary, Jason O'Mara, has been set down for a two-week committal hearing starting in mid-February, while the regulator has secured anti-price-fixing undertakings from roofing contractors it caught out on Facebook.

Employer had no obligation to consult with uncovered worker: FWC

In a decision underlining the perils faced by workers who are not covered by awards or enterprise agreements, the FWC has found an employer had no statutory obligation to consult an employee about its plans to make him redundant.

CFMMEU officials, members fined for unlawful redundancy pay strike

The Federal Court has penalised the CFMMEU and three construction division WA branch officials $180,000 for organising a half-day strike in 2018 over redundancy pay for Perth Airport rail link workers, 39 of whom also copped $4000 fines.


PABO process undermines democracy: Research

While union members tend to drive decisions to apply for pre-strike ballot orders and take protected action, the voting itself is less democratic, according to a book exploring how the regulatory environment can compromise democratic processes.