The FWC has granted the Independent Education Union an additional 30 days to coordinate protected industrial action across more than 170 Queensland Catholic schools, after rejecting an employer proposal to limit the period to just 14 days following school holidays.
The Queensland Government says the major review of the state's IR laws will address the powers of its tribunals in a reduced jurisdiction, changed working arrangements and "contemporary issues" such as bullying, domestic violence and work-life balance.
A lawyer who is facing disciplinary proceedings for allegedly making dishonest statements to a prospective employer has failed to have her case struck out, despite receiving an "unfortunate" email from the Legal Services Commissioner suggesting her case had been discharged.
The Queensland Labor Government has earmarked the IR reforms it took to the recent state election as a legislative priority and announced a wide-ranging review of the state's IR system by an employer-free panel.
The Federal Government has told the High Court that the Queensland Government's argument against a union challenge to legislation removing Queensland Rail workers from the federal IR system would thwart the operation of the Constitution's corporations power.
A SA Supreme Court full bench has ruled that an employer must pay long service leave to a casual dockhand who worked sporadically for more than 20 years at Port Lincoln Harbour but has also recommended that state parliament urgently fix legislation that reduced his entitlement to almost nothing.
Queenslanders go to the polls on Saturday with the Newman Government sticking to its IR approach and the Labor Opposition promising to reverse many of the changes implemented over the last two years, as well as ending FIFO-only workplaces and establishing a state Productivity Commission.