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Full court majority backs coercion call, despite procedural flaws

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.

Corrupt former HSU leader Jackson avoids jail

A Victorian County Court judge has held that former HSU official Kathy Jackson "selfishly" misused about $103,000 in union funds, but has handed down a wholly-suspended two-year jail sentence.

"Fatigue" blamed as employers fail to close equity gap

With the WGEA blaming "gender equality fatigue" for a substantial drop in employers taking action on pay equity, new research suggests "tired" managers' lack of understanding and ownership is impeding their ability to drive change.


Broncos' retrenchment of assistant coach genuine: FWC

The FWC has declined to hear an NRL assistant coach's late claim that his club unfairly dismissed him during the season's temporary suspension due to COVID-19, but has conceded that he might reasonably feel "particularly aggrieved" about his selection for redundancy.


Full court affirms unions' liability for officials' breaches

In a momentous ruling on unions' liability for officials' breaches, a full Federal Court has upheld a finding that the CFMMEU was "knowingly concerned" in organisers' refusal to show permits when entering a site to discuss safety issues.

Government won't stop company's FEG restructure: Porter

IR Minister Christian Porter has confirmed he will not intervene in an ASX-listed company's bid to restructure in a way that relies on the Fair Entitlements Guarantee scheme to pay redundancy entitlements, saying many more will lose jobs without it.

Employer had no obligation to consult with uncovered worker: FWC

In a decision underlining the perils faced by workers who are not covered by awards or enterprise agreements, the FWC has found an employer had no statutory obligation to consult an employee about its plans to make him redundant.

CFMMEU officials, members fined for unlawful redundancy pay strike

The Federal Court has penalised the CFMMEU and three construction division WA branch officials $180,000 for organising a half-day strike in 2018 over redundancy pay for Perth Airport rail link workers, 39 of whom also copped $4000 fines.