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Rates dropping for IT workers

Employers are capitalising on softening pay rates for temporary information technology staff, according to national recruitment publication Shortlist.

CFMEU wins High Court dispute resolution case

The full seven-member bench of the High Court has rejected attempts by a coal mining company to limit the IRC's role in resolving disputes, ruling that the Workplace Relations Act's allowable award matter provisions do not apply to dispute resolution procedures in certified agreements.

Tribunal makes first transgender employment discrimination ruling

A company which offered to double the salary of a female transsexual employee if she reverted to living and dressing as a man has been found by a tribunal to have dismissed her because of her transgender status, in the first such ruling.

Another loss for OEA

In the latest embarrassing setback for Employment Advocate Jonathan Hamberger, the Federal Court has awarded costs against two subcontractors called by the OEA as witnesses in a freedom of association case.

Abbott attempts to retain unitary IR system in Victoria

In a bid to derail the Victorian Government's plans to partially re-establish its own IR system, WR Minister Tony Abbott has announced changes to address some of the State Government's concerns about the current system.

IRC exposes HR "cover-up"

The IRC has criticised HR staff employed by a central Australian resort over their involvement in an attempted "cover up" of their failure to set a probationary period for a dismissed employee.

Paint industry dispute escalates

After more than two weeks of a lockout, the dispute between the LHMU and industrial timber coatings manufacturer Mirotone Pty Ltd has escalated after the alleged dismissal by the company of a union delegate.

Employers should review discriminatory pay arrangements

Employers who use pay scales that disadvantage casual or part-time employees are likely to have to make new arrangements, following a tribunal ruling that could expose the NSW Department of Education to a massive backpay claim.

Living wage case starts tomorrow

The IRC's seven-member national wage bench will tomorrow begin hearing oral submissions on the ACTU's latest living wage claim.