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New pay rules looming for lawyers, clerks

New rules for recording the working hours of junior lawyers and paralegals are set to take effect from March, despite protests from major law firms, while up to a million clerical employees are set to be subject to similar provisions.

BHP Coal required unreasonable overtime: Court

The Federal Court has held that a BMA coal loading facility breached a reasonable overtime clause in its enterprise agreement by requiring workers to perform more than eight additional hours per week.


BHP worker's buckled track fix out of line

The FWC has upheld BHP's dismissal of a track maintenance coordinator who failed to conduct the correct level of risk assessment when a section of rail bowed out on its Pilbara network, rejecting claims he had not been properly educated about the company's guidelines.

Coalition seeks best practice models for cooperative IR

Just days after the defeat of the Morrison Government's legislation to further regulate the conduct of employee organisations and their officials, IR Minister Christian Porter has released a discussion paper on cooperative IR that seeks feedback on the role unions can play in fostering harmonious workplace relationships.

Multinational backs away from pre-job heart attack screening

Maintenance contractor SNC-Lavalin has told the ETU it will no longer insist that electricians at a CSG project undergo pre-employment blood tests to assess their risk of heart attacks, after the union sought a Federal Court injunction on the basis that it breached privacy principles governing the collection of sensitive health information.


Outbursts undermined trust and confidence, FWC rules

The FWC has backed the actions of an aviation services company that kept a security guard on standby as it sacked a long-serving administration worker with a short history of volatile outbursts.


Costs against worker who claimed s-xual harassment

The Federal Court has ordered costs against a CSIRO scientist who falsely accused colleagues of s-xual harassment and discrimination, while also fining the agency for a complaint-handling failure it sought to "trivialise".