Employer groups have labelled unnecessary the bulk of the federal government's proposed changes to the 457 visa system and have criticised the tone of the skilled migration debate, with AMMA telling a Senate inquiry that it borders on dog-whistling and "invites allegations of industrial xenophobia".
A court has thrown out an unusual damages bid by an engineering company employee who claimed she was defamed when her employer sent an inter-office email to the workforce complaining about excess sick leave and lateness.
In an important ruling on what constitutes reasonable grounds for summary dismissal under the small business code, a Fair Work Commission full bench has upheld a company's appeal against a finding that it failed to conduct a proper investigation into the activities of an employee it sacked for dishonesty.
A NSW IRC full bench has confirmed the effectiveness of provisions inserted into NSW IR Act by the O'Farrell Government that constrain the tribunal's ability to incorporate provisions in awards that are inconsistent with the state's policies.
The FWC has banned a CFMEU organiser from entering Chevron's massive Wheatstone LNG project in the Pilbara for the rest of the year, after it found he had abused contractor Bechtel's HR staff, held a meeting in an unauthorised location and sought to hold discussions with workers the union couldn't represent.
Elements of the Fair Work Commission's civil penalties case against former HSU national secretary Craig Thomson over his alleged spending on his federal election campaign will continue in the Federal Court despite his argument that he will be prejudiced by having to defend simultaneous criminal charges.
The Seven Network and X Factor judge Mel B made no formal efforts to terminate the contract that prevented her performing on any other Australian TV network during 2013, so the contract remained "on foot" when she signed a new deal with the Nine Network in March, the NSW Supreme Court has ruled.