The Federal Circuit Court has found that a company applied unlawful duress to three service technicians in 2009 when it set a three-day deadline to sign statutory individual contracts and threatened to take them off lucrative shift work if they refused.
Employment Minister Eric Abetz has appointed regulatory impact analysis expert Rex Deighton-Smith to conduct a review of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal that will be completed in the first quarter of next year.
AMMA chief executive Steve Knott will throw his organisation's weight behind the Abbott Government's proposal for a new appeals body for the FWC, in a speech in Perth today that will slam the tribunal's current composition and decision-making and criticise its President for commenting on policy issues.
A tribunal has found that an employer's failure to formalise an employee's flexible work arrangements to meet her caring responsibilities led to her seeing them as an entitlement rather than a privilege, and any attempts to change them as workplace bullying.
Advertising on Facebook and other social media is enough for employers seeking to sponsor temporary overseas visa workers to show they have looked locally first, according to the Department of Immigration.
The FWC is expecting a "significant number" of bullying applications and inquiries next year and has released a model for dealing with them and a draft benchbook, as well as announcing Commissioner Peter Hampton's appointment as the head of its anti-bullying panel.
In a decision with implications for the interpretation of the NES personal leave standard, a senior member of the Fair Work Commission has ruled that the Groote Eylandt Mining Company should have allowed a FIFO worker to take carer's leave when child-minding arrangements for her 14-year-old son during school holidays fell through four days before she was to fly out from Cairns.
About 1500 workers employed by Fluor Australia and six other companies across Queensland's Surat Basin have returned to work yesterday after taking industrial action in protest at the companies' refusal to negotiate over "motelling" and other camp conditions.
Queensland's parliamentary ethics committee has recommended the expulsion of Scott Driscoll, the MP for Redcliffe and former head of a state-registered retail employers association, for committing contempt when he failed to disclose his continuing role in the organisation and more than half a million dollars of private income that was partly funded by the retail body.
The Federal Court might have opened the door to a broader reach for the Independent Contractors Act, in refusing yesterday to throw out a dentist's application to review the fairness of a contract that he says obliges him to provide services to a company that owns the premises and dental practice where he treats patients.