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PM pushes for collaborative workplaces

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will ask IR Minister Christian Porter to review the IR system with a view to expunging barriers to "shared gains" for employers and employees, while he has also reiterated the Government's commitment to reintroducing the "ensuring integrity" legislation to target "thugs in militant unions".

Make disciplinary process more consistent, FWC urges

In ordering the reinstatement of an "impatient" veteran crane operator sacked after his third safety breach in a year, an FWC member has examined BlueScope Steel's "proactive attitude" to discipline and recommended it negotiate a better process.

Director ineligible for FEG payment: AAT

The AAT has ruled against a bid for a FEG advance by an employee of a failed company, finding that his role as a director rendered him ineligible.

Court orders aggravated damages for s-xual harassment

A law firm's principal solicitor must pay $170,000 in damages after subjecting a paralegal to months of s-xual harassment that included a "bombardment" of inappropriate emails, coerced hugs and veiled threats that her employment depended on them starting a relationship.

UK inquiry seeks to restrict use of non-disclosure agreements

In a finding that might influence Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins' inquiry into sexual harassment, a UK parliamentary inquiry has recommended legislating to outlaw non-disclosure agreements that restrict "legitimate discussion" of unlawful discrimination and harassment.

Adverse action claim hurdles lawyer's "miscalculation"

The FWC has held that a lawyer's incorrect use of a date calculator should not stand in the way of a worker filing a day-late challenge to his alleged dismissal on the basis that his employment was "frustrated" by an expected slow return to full-time work from sick leave.


Union sues police over alleged "unlawful picketing"

In what is believed to be an Australian-first, the Victorian CFMMEU is seeking penalties of more than $4 million against four police officers and the civil construction giant McConnell Dowell for allegedly stopping union safety officials from inspecting "high-risk work" at a level-crossing removal project.

Can Gina's train deal glitch constitute a minor error?

The FWC has held that an agreement negotiated with two train drivers but set to cover an entire transferred workforce on the Roy Hill Pilbara mine network was not genuinely agreed, but it is asking whether this is a minor error that can be dealt with via an undertaking, "odd as that may be".

Court temporarily puts sacked OHS rep back in job

The Federal Court has ordered a construction company to reinstate an electrician until it decides whether it took adverse action by sacking him within 10 days of his becoming a health and safety representative and reporting suspected asbestos in a water tunnel.