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Entry permit suspended for CFMMEU's Harkins

Apologies and claims that he conducted himself "out of character" have not spared a union official having his entry permit suspended over a confrontation in which he told a site foreman he did "give a f--k" what happened because he was near the end of his career.

High Court's Rossato decision rewrites the rules: Experts

IR academics say the High Court's "revolutionary" approach in Rossato signals an intention to rewrite the rules for determining employment status, with potentially dire consequences for gig workers and others seeking to challenge their characterisation.

Union cautions over employer's mandatory vax requirement

The AMWU has objected to what fruit and vegetable processor SPC today described as the country's first mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for its workforce, leaving the door open to possible legal action.

ROC turns up heat on peak restaurant body

An employer organisation that bllls itself as the "voice" of the hospitality industry is being investigated for potential member registration breaches.

Employers effusive after High Court's black letter ruling

Employers once said to be facing up to $38 billion in casuals' backpay claims have welcomed today's High Court confirmation that contracts are decisive in determining employment types, while workers' representatives have come out swinging.

High Court overturns Rossato ruling

The High Court has today unanimously upheld labour hire company Workpac's challenge to a finding that coal mineworker Robert Rossato was entitled to paid leave while engaged as a casual on consecutive contracts for almost four years.


Uber employment model faces blowtorch from crack legal team

Uber is again facing a challenge to claims it has no employment relationship with drivers, a rideshare workers' group going after the company for alleged record keeping and payslip breaches in a case seeking penalties to boost its advocacy war chest.

FWC opens door wider for lawyers

A second FWC decision in the space of 15 days has affirmed a less stringent approach to granting legal representation.

Entry permit pared after official's penalty confusion

A senior FWC member has belatedly imposed conditions on an AWU-CFMMEU Offshore Alliance official's entry permit after an employer association revealed he failed to disclose penalties for organising unlawful industrial action.