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Court freezes assets until underpay claim decided

The Federal Court has frozen $450,000 of the assets of an Illawarra Indian restaurant operator while a cook pursues an underpayment claim of more than $200,000 plus penalties, amid allegations that it paid him for just a portion of his 12-hour shifts and demanded regular repayments.

Judgment highlights primacy of deal's intellectual freedom clause

James Cook University is fighting back against a Federal Circuit Court finding that it unlawfully sacked an academic who criticised prominent climate research, while the NTEU has welcomed a finding that the institution's code of conduct is "subordinate" to an intellectual freedom clause in its agreement.

FWC to assist Sydney Fast Ferry negotiations; & more

FWC to assist Sydney Fast Ferry negotiations; Fine against CFMMEU Queensland leader; CBA facing up to $15m in backpayments, says FSU; and Federal Court to inquire into TWU election.

FWC throws out bullying claim against HR manager

The FWC has rejected a claim that a chemist operator's HR chief and two managers bullied a pharmacist by failing to roster enough support staff to assist him on Saturday shifts.

AMMA makes conflict-of-interest objection to permit bids

The Australian Mines and Metals Association is challenging whether three union organisers are employed by the employee organisations that have applied for their right-of-entry permits, in what appears to be an attempt to test the structure of a union alliance.

IFM settles UK harassment case; and more

IFM settles UK harassment case; Builder excluded for flouting payment security law; O'Dwyer leaves gaps on Safe Work Australia board; and NTEU takes university to court over Ramsay.

Stopworks not unlawful industrial action: Full Court

A full Federal Court has upheld a finding that agreement-sanctioned union stopwork meetings can be freely used to delay and disrupt business as part of a campaign strategy, but has increased fines for the CFMMEU's coercion of head contractor Hutchison by almost 30%.

Court likely to hear Mac Bank underpayment claims

A dispute between Macquarie Bank and 15 former employees who allege they were underpaid more than $2.6 million looks destined for a full hearing after the Federal Circuit Court rebuffed the parties' request for mediation by a judge.

High Court rebuffs "two longs" case; & more

High Court rebuffs "two longs" special leave bid; Relativity "decompression" proposal needs to go back to drawing board, say retailers; and Women's pay outpacing men's in recent wage slowdown, says report.