The ACCC has initiated a boycotts case against major construction company J Hutchinson and the CFMMEU, claiming the union persuaded the head contractor to ditch a waterproofing subcontractor that did not have a union deal, or face industrial action.
The ACCC's landmark criminal cartel case against the CFMMEU and its construction and general division ACT branch secretary, Jason O'Mara, has been set down for a two-week committal hearing starting in mid-February, while the regulator has secured anti-price-fixing undertakings from roofing contractors it caught out on Facebook.
The ACCC's five-pronged case against Employsure over alleged misrepresentations and unfair contracts has been tossed out, the Federal Court crucially accepting that its target audience is confined to employers rather than a broader category including workers.
The ACCC has granted urgent interim authorisation to enable life insurers to co-ordinate to ensure a broad range of frontline healthcare workers are not excluded from coverage due to potential or actual exposure to COVID-19.
A-League soccer team Central Coast Mariners says it is surprised to find itself at the centre of a possible test case challenging unpaid trial and training arrangements, in which a player claims it misled and exploited him to secure his services for free when he was in fact an employee.
An employer has responded to a salesperson's general protections case with a counterclaim seeking $450,000 in damages for lost sales and the cost of recruiting him because of his alleged misleading and deceptive conduct in making false pre-employment representations about his experience and seniority.
Queensland's peak taxi body has hit out at state laws passed overnight extending licensing and safety restrictions to ride-share services, while a Victorian counterpart says it is concerned that new protections in that state will be undermined by an inability to enforce compliance.