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Undertakings get contentious fire deal across the line

The FWC has approved a Melbourne fire brigade agreement after it accepted undertakings that override terms that hindered workers going part-time and allowed their union to block flexible working arrangements, while a challenge is still on foot to an earlier finding that discriminatory deals can still get up.

No interest in Shorten's links to donations: Cash

Former Employment Minister Michaelia Cash has told the Federal Court that it was "not of interest" to her that alleged union donations she referred to the Registered Organisations Commission involved the Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten.

"Palpable distrust" doesn't arrest police shift proposal: FWC

The Police Federation has failed to convince the FWC that Victoria Police's plans to introduce afternoon shifts breach their agreement, or that the potential for frontline officers to "bear the brunt" of community dissatisfaction made the change unreasonable.

Academic sues university amid "toxic environment" claims

The head of a prominent university school is challenging her employer's ability to suspend her from leadership duties while allegedly requiring her to continue teaching, as part of a wide-ranging Federal Court attack on its disciplinary process.

Workpac facing major new class action

Ahead of a hearing into Workpac's bid to stop casuals winning leave entitlements, Adero Law says more than 600 mineworkers have already joined a new class action against the labour supplier that seeks to claw back up to $84 million for about 7000 on hire casuals.

Agri Labour facing new underpayments claim

After providing $150,000 to settle an underpayments claim brought by five fruit pickers last year, labour hire company Agri Labour Australia is facing a new claim from 26 seasonal workers alleging they were short-paid more than $200,000.

Employer lacked reasonable basis for flexibility veto: Bench

An FWC full bench has upheld a finding that Victoria Police lacked reasonable business grounds to refuse a long-serving detective's request, under a "right to flexible working arrangements" clause, for extra rest days as he makes a transition to retirement.

Pre-trial order for AFP to give statements to AWU

The Federal Court has ordered that the AFP produce statements made by former Employment Minister Michaelia Cash and three other witnesses during the police inquiry into media leaks about raids on the union's offices in 2017.

Employer produced "reconstructed" records: FWO

The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched the first legal action using new reverse onus of proof provisions that require employers to disprove underpayment claims if they have not kept adequate records.

Union watchdog investigating Victorian HSU branch

The HSU's Victorian No 1 branch says a Registered Organisations Commission investigation into claims it cashed-out leave and RDOs to fund a private legal bid refers to secretary Diana Asmar's successful 2014 court action that knocked out two leadership challengers.