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Axing IR standard in cleaning means "blind eye" to non-compliance: Academic

The federal government's decision as part of its "red tape" repeal campaign to rescind the IR guidelines for government cleaning contracts suggests it is "willing to turn a blind eye to labour law non-compliance by its own contractors", according to a procurement expert, Melbourne Law School associate professor John Howe.

Coalition defers Labor’s gender reporting changes

Gender reporting requirements for businesses with more than 100 employees will stay as they are for another year, while new minimum reporting standards will apply to non-government employers with more than 500 employees from October, Employment Minister Eric Abetz has announced.



Qantas unions fly to Canberra to oppose Sale Act

ACTU secretary Dave Oliver will lead a union delegation to Canberra tomorrow to step up political lobbying over the Abbott government's legislation to change the Qantas Sale Act.

Repeat abuser loses dismissal case

The Fair Work Commission has rejected an unfair dismissal claim by an overweight forklift driver after it found he had abused his managers after having received a final written warning for similar behaviour six months earlier.

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.