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Rare injunction puts lid back on confidential material

In a rare on-the-papers determination of an injunction application, Victoria's Supreme Court has stopped a biotech company's logistics officer from disclosing confidential information about its products and commercial arrangements.

COVID-19 redundancies didn't follow script: FWC

In the first significant pandemic-related dispute over mass lay-offs to come before the FWC, the Federal Court's transcription service provider has been criticised for making "hollow" consultation promises and reminded to treat workers "with dignity in this time of crisis".

Setka repels O'Connor bid to halt poaching

The Federal Court has today thrown out a bid by CFMMEU national secretary Michael O'Connor to stop the construction division Victorian branch run by John Setka from poaching members from the manufacturing division.

Tribunal member chipped for tardy penalty ruling

A full Federal Court has reproached a State employment tribunal member for his tardiness in determining appropriate penalties for an underpaying employer, suggesting that had no fine been imposed it might have been spared considering an unremarkable appeal involving "modest" sums.


"Unsteady" paramedic wins second chance to get job back

A paramedic sacked for allegedly self-medicating with a pain relief drug while on duty will get another chance to push for reinstatement, with Queensland's Industrial Court upholding his challenge to a decision dismissing his application.

COVID-19 variations impel new take on safety net: Employers

The coronavirus pandemic requires a temporary but fundamental reconsideration of the Fair Work Act's safety net, according to a joint bid to vary a key award to provide substantial operational and hours flexibility.

AiG and ACTU to seek rapid COVID-19 award changes

The Australian Industry Group is working with the ACTU to fast-track changes to key awards to increase the flexibility of working hours and leave in response to the coronavirus crisis.

Bench quashes compensation for "intentionally deviant" mineworker

An FWC full bench has quashed a decision to compensate an "intentionally deviant" mineworker, finding a tribunal member wrongly focussed on a BHP subsidiary's perceived failure to follow its Fair Play disciplinary guidelines.

Bench queries advice in "hopeless" case

An FWC full bench has taken aim at the legal advice given to a group of Coles distribution centre workers who over the course of four years and four adverse findings continued to pursue what ultimately became a "hopeless" case related to their work duties.