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Employer's underpayment hit doubled for missing paperwork

In a decision reinforcing the need for employers to maintain timesheets, a court has more than doubled the restitution a family-run business must make despite questions of credibility about the sponsored couple claiming underpayments.

IR manager targeted as CFMMEU counter-sues in entry case

Ahead of Federal Court hearings into ABCC claims that two CFMMEU officials breached entry laws at a Melbourne freeway project in 2017, the union is suing the head contractor and its IR manager for obstructing their efforts to investigate suspected safety breaches.

Court penalises MUA for "sympathy strike"

The Federal Court has today imposed $36,000 in fines for a "sympathy strike" last year by MUA members at Patrick Stevedores' Port Botany container terminal.

IR class action funders to face costs security orders

A Federal Court judge has foreshadowed today that he will order a litigation funder to provide security for the potential costs of two IR class actions, while observing that such a move is unlikely to have a "stultifying" effect on the proceedings.

Court to rule on AWU challenge to AFP raids

The Federal Court will this Friday deliver its long-awaited verdict on the lawfulness of the Federal Police raids on the AWU's offices in October 2017.

Ruling might have chilling effect on casuals class actions

A looming Federal Court judgment on whether to grant security of costs to employers facing multi-million-dollar casuals class actions could make employment matters much less attractive to litigation funders, according to a law firm that is targeting the black coal mining industry.

Twist on "cash back" scam alleged by FWO

The FWO is prosecuting the operators of a Sydney restaurant for allegedly underpaying a skilled worker on a SubClass 457 visa by more than $150,000 while they maintained "overall control" of his bank account.

Rockpool responds to "underpaid" chef's claims

Rockpool has hit back at a chef's claims that he was underpaid and expected to work extreme hours while on an annualised salary arrangement, maintaining that it is up to him to produce accurate records and establish any sum allegedly owed.

Tribunal rebuffs worker's plea to plug FEG 'empathy gap'

The AAT has rebuffed a claim of unfair treatment under the Fair Entitlements Guarantee from a worker who claimed she missed out on a redundancy payment because of her loyalty and empathy in staying-on with a failed company as its employee numbers dropped below the small business threshold.