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Bullying director penalised $27,500 for sacking, underpayments

The ailing 86-year-old director of a newspaper publishing company has been ordered to pay $27,500 to a journalist he sacked seven years ago, a day after he refused to withdraw a complaint to the Fair Work Ombudsman over underpayments.


TWU to disrupt Uber's public listing

The TWU will throw its weight behind a global campaign aimed at disrupting Uber's anticipated public float next year by drawing attention to the company's regulatory battles and persistent concerns about the gig economy model.

$1 billion class action could redefine sub-contracting arrangements

The union advising Shine Lawyers on a $1 billion bid to recoup wages and entitlements for 4000 telecommunications workers allegedly misclassified as sub-contractors says the class action could finally answer a question historically avoided via settlement.

Holden sued over alleged sham contracting

A former GM Holden engineer is suing the company for adverse action, sham contracting and coercion, alleging it reduced her redundancy payout by more than $20,000 when she refused to sign a separation agreement without continuity of service covering her time as a contractor.

Beware Skene undertakings, Ai Group tells employers

The Australian Industry Group is warning employers not to rush in to making agreement undertakings incorporating a recent key decision on casual leave until the Federal Court determines a challenge to the ruling's ambit.

ATO's Foodora report could be ticking bomb: Academic

As Foodora's administrators concede the company underpaid workers more than $5 million after misclassifying thousands of casuals as independent contractors, an IR academic says an ATO report could establish whether the findings have far-reaching implications for other gig economy employers.


Class action specialists circle casual leave case

Class action law firm Adero is lining up with the CFMMEU and the worker at the centre of a key casual leave ruling to intervene in Workpac's bid to block another casual from winning entitlements, arguing it is an abuse of process and that the issue could be better dealt with via a class action.

Transgender leave included in new Westpac deal

Westpac employees undergoing gender transition will receive up to four weeks' paid leave as part of the bank's ground-breaking new three-year enterprise agreement.