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Circus fined after 13-year-old acrobat hospitalised

A travelling circus has been ordered to pay $21,000 in fines and costs for failing to obtain mandatory child employment permits for three 13-year-old Chinese nationals recruited to work as acrobats.


Newsflash: High Court throws out challenge by JCU's Ridd

In a significant ruling on academic free speech, the High Court has today unanimously upheld James Cook University's right to dismiss academic Peter Ridd for breaching its conduct code when he denounced its climate change research.

Deal back on chopping block as employer appeals shiftwork ruling

The FWC has decided to conclude a case with a "lengthy and complex" history, dismissing an employer's bid to further delay consideration of a union's application to terminate its nominally-expired deal while it challenges the tribunal's rejection of a new agreement to the Federal Court.

"Kafkaesque" pregnancy case proceeds after delay excused

A recruitment company's former operations manager, who is claiming $20,000 for the hurt and humiliation flowing from her alleged discriminatory sacking due to her pregnancy, has won more time to pursue her claim, while her employer has failed in its bid for costs against her "neophyte" lawyer, after a court accepted that there had been "a comedy of errors" that fell well short of representative error.

FWO teaching universities a lesson

The Fair Work Ombudsman is investigating 14 universities for underpayments as part of its growing focus on compliance by the big end of town.

Work and care spheres "colliding" in retail: SDA

The more than one million retail workers need more stable rosters, better pay and greater job security, along with flexible and affordable childcare, to enable them to meet their caring responsibilities, according to a new university study commissioned by the SDA.

Role of "lawyer" in adverse action case referred to regulator

Queensland's IRC has referred a costs decision to the Legal Services Commissioner after an employer accused a consultant of providing legal advice to an adverse action applicant even though he is not a practising lawyer.

Woolies underpayment cases rumble on despite $50m payment

Woolworths says settling a class action it dismissed as "without merit" will ensure its approach to repaying thousands of salaried managers can be "appropriately addressed" via an FWO Federal Court case, but it will first pay affected staff a further $50 million.

FWC approves use of failed bullying case material in court matter

A FWC presidential member has over the objections of an ASX-listed company permitted a portfolio manager to use confidential material from his failed bullying matter in a Federal Court adverse action case brought against his former employer.