The FWC has accepted that Transfield Services was within its rights to dismiss a cleaner on its NSW Government schools contract who had his school security clearance withdrawn after the State learned he had been convicted of assault three times during his tenure.
Unions have told the High Court that NSW's political donation laws infringe the implied constitutional rights to freedom of political communication and association, and are inconsistent with Commonwealth electoral laws.
Companies should adopt targets for equal representation of women and men in senior positions and elimination of gender-based pay differences, and engage a "business-oriented" head of HR to drive change, according to a report the BCA commissioned from former James Hardie chair Meredith Hellicar.
Applications to approve enterprise agreements dropped by 17% in 2012-13, according to the Fair Work Commission's annual report, which also details the tribunal's role in helping Sydney Water achieve "a whole new way of resolving things".
Courts in Australia and the UK have interpreted freedom of association provisions in a limited way that does little to protect the "voice" of trade unions from employer victimisation, and the High Court's Barclay ruling is an example of this narrow approach, according to a newly-released paper by RMIT associate professor Anthony Forsyth and two international academics.