In a significant ruling clarifying how penalties for multiple contraventions should be assessed, a full Federal Court has in cutting by more than half a $445,000 fine imposed on the CEPU rejected a judge's "global" approach to the historic reporting breaches.
Aldi has again failed to rein-in the TWU over its long-running "safe rates" campaign, with a full Federal Court confirming that the union is not constrained by consumer law prohibitions on misleading or deceptive conduct.
In his first ruling on a CFMMEU matter since having his reins pulled by a five-member full Federal Court, Justice John Snaden has resisted "indulging" his doubts about the statutory basis for making the union liable for officials' breaches.
A full Federal Court majority has found a judge did not deny a building contractor procedural fairness by failing to put it on notice before declaring it breached non-pleaded coercion provisions, during a meeting with undertones of The Godfather.
A full Federal Court has cleared the way for ROC to recommence probing historic AWU donations to GetUp! and ALP campaigns, holding it did not need to suspect breaches of financial probity in order to have reasonable grounds.
In a significant judgment closely examining the limits of "industrial activity", a full Federal Court led by Chief Justice James Allsop has overturned penalties imposed on two CFMMEU officials for leading a walk-out from a building site that had no separate toilet for a female worker.
The FWC has ordered Toll Transport to reinstate one of two TWU delegates who fought each other after a union meeting, finding their punch-up over yard deals while on paid delegates leave did not have a sufficient connection to their work.
The FWC has renewed an entry permit for a construction union official after rejecting the ABCC's argument that he flouted a personal payment order with his alleged involvement in a crowdfunding campaign.