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Coalition seeks best practice models for cooperative IR

Just days after the defeat of the Morrison Government's legislation to further regulate the conduct of employee organisations and their officials, IR Minister Christian Porter has released a discussion paper on cooperative IR that seeks feedback on the role unions can play in fostering harmonious workplace relationships.

Multinational backs away from pre-job heart attack screening

Maintenance contractor SNC-Lavalin has told the ETU it will no longer insist that electricians at a CSG project undergo pre-employment blood tests to assess their risk of heart attacks, after the union sought a Federal Court injunction on the basis that it breached privacy principles governing the collection of sensitive health information.


Outbursts undermined trust and confidence, FWC rules

The FWC has backed the actions of an aviation services company that kept a security guard on standby as it sacked a long-serving administration worker with a short history of volatile outbursts.


Costs against worker who claimed s-xual harassment

The Federal Court has ordered costs against a CSIRO scientist who falsely accused colleagues of s-xual harassment and discrimination, while also fining the agency for a complaint-handling failure it sought to "trivialise".

Go external for harassment investigations: Tribunal

In a decision pointing out the multiple failures of an upmarket Adelaide supermarket to properly handle a juice bar worker's complaint that "the chef just touched my arse", a tribunal has ordered the company and her former colleague to jointly pay her $30,000 in damages.



Victoria introduces industrial manslaughter laws

Victorian Attorney-General and workplace safety minister Jill Hennessy says that new legislation to create a criminal offence of industrial manslaughter could extend to some workplace-linked suicides and to diseases such as silicosis.