BHP Billiton has warned the federal government that it would be making "an unreasonable and unnecessary incursion" into business decisions if it proceeds with its proposal to extend the right to request flexible working arrangements, while new requirements to consult over roster changes would hamper the "agility" required by employers to respond to changes in operational needs or customer demands.
The Federal Circuit Court of Australia has refused to throw out a former business development manager's adverse action claim, finding she had a workplace right to complain to her employer about not being paid correctly and could argue she had provided a medical certificate for an absence within a reasonable time after the termination of her employment.
The MUA has successfully argued that excavator operators unloading material from barges at the $20 billion LNG project on Queensland's Curtis Island can be classified as waterside workers, winning the union the right to enter the construction site for discussions with workers.
The Fair Work Commission has today adopted the Fair Work Act Review Panel's recommendation to extend the notice period for terminating IFAs, but has refused to expand their subject matter, in the latest modern award review ruling.
The ACTU will this week urge the Federal Government to ensure that its proposed Fair Work Amendment Bill 2013 strengthens workers' right to request flexibility at work and establishes a new appeal mechanism against unreasonable refusals, after releasing a report showing that current arrangements are dependent on good employers rather than an effective legislative framework.
A Fair Work Commission full bench headed by the President has rejected all but a limited number of proposed variations to public holidays in its two-year modern award review ruling, handed down this afternoon.
The High Court has today granted an application for special leave to appeal a ruling that upheld an employer's right to refuse employees access to employer-provided accommodation during a protected strike, but has refused two other separate applications against earlier IR/employment law rulings.
The Federal Court has stayed a $300,000 Federal Magistrates Court penalties and backpay order against a call centre, while imposing a conditional security payment, acknowledging the employer's chances of a successful appeal are "not strong".