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Compensation based on "barest of evidence": FWC bench

An FWC full bench has thrown out a $40,000 compensation order made against an employer found to have unfairly dismissed a worker, ruling that a senior member erred in failing to categorise it as a small business.

Latest union marriage vows "radical" structure

The United Workers Union that is set to emerge from the amalgamation of United Voice and the NUW will have a "radical" structure that does away with state branches and instead adopts internal union "electorates" and sectoral organising.


Worker complaining of daily harassment allowed to change claim

On the first day of a fortnight-long hearing into claims by a former Inghams worker that his colleagues subjected him to serious ongoing sexual harassment at a Brisbane chicken plant, the Federal Court has allowed him to amend complaints only where they align with earlier allegations.


Court can't convert unlawful sacking to general protections claim

A Federal Circuit Court judge forced to throw out a worker's general protections claim because he mistakenly filed it using an unlawful termination application form has conceded that it "goes against ordinary concepts of fairness".


Wage theft report handed to minister; and more

Beech wage theft review submits report; Queensland extends 100% FIFO ban to eight more projects; FWC to consider lifting sub-minimum rates; and Failing worker should have seen redundancy coming.

APRA proposes post-Hayne finance bonus overhaul

Regulator APRA is calling for submissions on a proposed shake-up of financial institutions' pay structures that would ensure no more than half of an employee's bonus is linked to fiscal performance measures, allow "clawbacks" and make boards oversee their entire workforce's remuneration.

Biometric scan objector's mis-steps deny him reinstatement

The FWC has declined to reinstate a worker found to have been unfairly sacked for refusing to participate in fingerprint scanning, partly because he wanted to "continue to agitate" his concerns about the issue, while it has also warned him against any further "contemptuous" and "rude" conduct towards tribunal members.