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Three of dead insulation installers not trained, inquiry told

Three of the four young men who died during the former Labor government’s home insulation rollout had not completed training in ceiling insulation installation, the royal commission into the stimulus program has heard, while the head of the inquiry has warned counsel not to cover old ground.


Legislative change won't halt Qantas workforce reduction: Joyce

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce says the airline management will push ahead with
cutting 5,000 jobs even if the Federal Parliament supports legislation to lift foreign ownership restrictions on the national carrier.

Employers entitled to dismiss unfit-for-duty workers: Tribunal

The employers of two long-term train drivers who were off work for between 18 months and two years because of health issues were entitled to dismiss them when they were ruled unable to resume driving duties, the Fair Work Commission has found.

FWC snubs urine testing again

The Fair Work Commission has removed urine testing from DP World's national drug and alcohol policy, but has also refused a union bid to impose a "three strikes" disciplinary process at four ports across the country.



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.

Conscientious objector to social media restrictions loses his job

The Fair Work Commission has emphasised that employers can insist workers comply with social media policies that regulate conduct outside the workplace, in upholding the dismissal of an employee who refused to sign an acknowledgement that he had undergone social media training.

Another blow for Setka in defamation battle against PM

CFMEU construction and general division Victorian branch secretary John Setka has suffered another setback in his long-running defamation case against Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Sky News, after a court rejected another attempt to limit defence arguments available to Abbott and the news organisation.