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Director partly successful in AWA accessory appeal

In another chapter of a long-running case involving a botched attempt to lodge AWAs, a former company director will have the penalty for her role in short-changing 33 call centre workers reduced after the Federal Court cut in half the period in which she was liable as an accessory to her company's breaches.

Mining union hit with maximum fine for illegal overtime ban

In a rare instance of a court imposing the maximum penalty under the Fair Work Act, the CFMEU mining and energy division has been fined $33,000 for unlawfully implementing its overtime policy at BHP Coal's Peak Downs mine.

Police charge Employee Ombudsman with fraud

South Australian Employee Ombudsman Stephen Brennan has been charged with falsifying accounts and dishonesty when secretary of the TCFU's former SA/Tasmanian branch, while the Fair Work Commission is continuing to investigate the branch's financial affairs.

Coles thwarts TWU claim for online delivery drivers

In a big win for supermarket giant Coles, the Federal Circuit Court has ruled that its online delivery drivers are covered by the major retail award, throwing out the TWU's long-running claim that they are employed in the transport industry.



Judge levies fine to deliver "wake-up" call to company and HR department

A court has today delivered a "wake-up call" to Toyota Material Handling and its HR department for breaches of IR laws that included making a false declaration to the Fair Work Ombudsman, drawing to a close five years of litigation that included a full Federal Court ruling on a time limit that had threatened to derail the case.

Qantas entitled to fill vacancies via transfers: Court

The Federal Court has rejected a claim by Qantas flight crew that the airline breached its enterprise agreements when it didn't consider them for vacancies that would have required it to train them at a cost of up to $113,000 per pilot.

Labour hire arrangement a sham: Federal Court

The Federal Court has found that shifting seasonal workers to a new employer after they'd worked 40 hours a week was a "sham" arrangement to avoid paying overtime.

Jetstar ignored warnings against unlawful deductions: Court

Jetstar unlawfully deducted training costs from the wages of cadet pilots, despite warnings against doing so from its external IR consultant and its head of flying operations, the Federal Court has revealed in a penalty judgment today.