Queensland's unions today launched their High Court challenge against the Newman Government's changes to IR laws, which they say has shut down their ability to campaign against unpopular government decisions.
Uncertainty continues about whether undischarged bankrupts can pursue the full range of unfair dismissal remedies under the Fair Work Act, after Deputy President Greg Smith this week declined to follow FWC authorities in giving a Monash Health employee the all-clear to run his case.
The Federal Court will next month hear the AEU's claim that the Victorian Government has unlawfully changed the rules for salary progression for the state's education workforce, after the parties this morning agreed to the matter being set down for a speedy trial.
Continuing the trend of state governments limiting independent tribunal oversight of their own employees, WA Premier Colin Barnett has today introduced a Bill into parliament that will make it easier to retrench public sector employees and require the state IRC to factor public sector policies into its decision-making.
An employee made redundant while pregnant has lost her adverse action case, with the Federal Circuit Court accepting a business downturn was behind her job loss, and rejecting her claim that her employer became hostile to her because she wouldn't commit to taking only six months parental leave.
A new discussion paper on productivity advocates a shift away from automatic annual wage progression for public servants, and maintains that Australia's penalty rates and overtime structures have lost some relevance in a 24/7 economy.
The Federal Court has taken the "draconian" step of preventing a broker - and ex-police officer - from defending part of a restraint of trade case brought against him by his former employer, finding that he had deliberately destroyed documents that were relevant to the case and Google-searched the consequences of disobeying court orders.
Full bench quashes $25,000 costs security order; Picket line projectile tosser loses appeal; Star's pay offer would have been important if arguable case established; Worker wins compensation after sacking for dubious safety claims; Bench warns against using trust and confidence as "sword or shield"; and FWC upholds sacking for fighting.
Despite finding that a meat processing supervisor's dismissal was capricious and spiteful, the Fair Work Commission has refused to reinstate him because he destroyed the relationship of mutual trust and confidence with his employer by secretly taping meetings with his managers.