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Employer's bargaining notice error sinks agreement

An employer has had its agreement rejected after failing to convince the Fair Work Commission that it made a "trifling" error in its bargaining rights notice when it mistakenly listed the tribunal's website as a source of information rather than the FWO.

FWC cures Teys underpayment mistake, orders backpay

The FWC has ordered abattoir operator Teys Australia to backpay thousands of dollars to meatworkers for incentive scheme underpayments during a long period of "confusion" and "uncertainty" about the operation of its enterprise agreement and an associated incentive payment system.

Fairfax strikers might cop individual fines; and more

Fairfax journalists might face individual fines after Ombudsman probe; FSU seeks better communications strategy; FSU preparing logs of claim for NAB and major industry super fund; and CFMEU penalties just a cost of doing business, says building cop.

No "recall to duty", but manager entitled to overtime: Court

The Federal Court has knocked back a rostering manager's claim for "recall to duty" entitlements for out-of-hours calls about employee availability and shift arrangements, finding them a "core" aspect of her employment obligations.

New stage for FWC's interest-based dispute resolutions; & more

FWC's interest-based dispute resolution approach reaches new stage; Shorten Government would intervene in penalties case; Visa cases now the lion's share of FWO prosecutions; Budget Estimates hearings brought forward; Labor bid to disallow regulation postponed to Wednesday; and Slaters wins new finance deal.

"Croc-hunter" escapes penalty net

Two CFMEU officials, including one posing as croc-hunter Steve Irwin during a construction site visit, are no longer personally liable for $47,000 in fines, after a full Federal Court found the FWBC "pursued" them "under an inappropriate statutory regime".

FWC full bench makes important ruling on FIFO employment

In a crucial ruling for the Ichthys LNG project, an FWC full bench has ruled today that an electrical contracting company is entitled to give its fly-in, fly-out employees notice of retrenchment immediately before a rest and recreation period.

Remove franchises' incentive to "turn a blind eye", says Maurice Blackburn

Law firm Maurice Blackburn is calling for tougher laws to force franchises to take responsibility for their franchisees' employment practices, as it pursues three underpayment claims totalling $1 million via the Fels 7-Eleven Wage Fairness Panel, which has now secured payouts of $11 million.


Tribunal clarifies pay question for offshore workers

A labour supplier must pay the crew it provided for an offshore vessel for a full duty-day on their “swing-off” day as their replacement by another employer's seafarers did not amount to a second crew under their agreement, the FWC has found.