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Following orders no excuse for HR managers who took adverse action

The Federal Circuit Court has fined construction company Baulderstone $25,000 for taking adverse action against a worker who resigned his CFMEU membership, along with $7000 in penalties for two HR managers who were carrying out orders and failed to "exercise their choice" to refuse to comply.

Employers say weekend workers "opting-in"

The employer push for lower penalty rates in the Fair Work Commission includes expert evidence that most weekend workers have no problem or only minor problems with performing their duties on Saturdays and Sundays.

Federal Police arrest Australia Post labour suppliers

The Australian Federal Police has made three arrests after a series of raids in Melbourne today of companies and individuals involved with supplying contract labour to Australia Post.

Gorgon workers pushing for roster changes, as State FIFO inquiries canvass regulation

Workers on the Gorgon LNG project will begin voting on Wednesday on whether to take industrial action to push head contractor CB&I to offer shorter roster cycles, at the same time as parliamentary inquiries in WA and Queensland have weighed-up whether new regulations are needed for non-residential workforces.


AFP charge CFMEU official with blackmail

The AFP have charged a CFMEU official with blackmail, as the police task forces attached to the Heydon Royal Commission broaden their role beyond investigating evidence tendered to the inquiry.

Appeal court rules on annual leave payouts

A full Federal Court has confirmed that annual leave owed to workers on termination of employment must be paid out at the same rate they would have received had they taken it while still working.


FWC might make wider inquiry for entry fitness test

A senior FWC member has considered whether the tribunal should take into account a union's "poor history of compliance" and its "large number of contraventions" when it determines whether an official is a "fit and proper person" to hold an entry permit.