A full Federal Court has today in declaring a Boral subsidiary vicariously liable for the 2009 s-xual harassment of a plywood grader described a judge's six-year delay in delivering a contrary finding as bringing the justice system "into disrepute".
Qantas will cut about 15% of its Asian capacity, pare back trans-Tasman and domestic flights and freeze recruitment in response to the coronavirus, but plans to run down annual leave balances across its workforce to avoid job losses, while the NTEU is pressing universities to protect casual employees whose earnings are threatened by the sharp drop in Chinese students.
In a significant decision on duty of care, a former public prosecutor and mother of two traumatised by having to prepare a large volume of child s-xual offence cases has been awarded more than $400,000 in damages.
In a decision contemplating the extent to which pleadings can be changed during proceedings, an appeal court has refused a manager's last-minute bid to claim he was assaulted by co-workers when "impelled" to perform in gold hotpants during a company conference.
A tribunal has upended a large transport company's "unilateral" decision to change to zero its blood alcohol policy limit for contracted owner-drivers, finding a toolbox meeting and noticeboard postings did not meet the governing agreement's consultation requirements.
An FWC member must rehear the unfair dismissal claim of a glazier sacked for frequent absences following surgery, a full bench finding he failed to consider whether the employer notified the worker of reasons later found to be valid or gave him a chance to respond.
Coles has outed itself as the latest major Australian employer to underpay employees millions of dollars over an extended period, just as the Morrison Government today confirmed plans to introduce legislation imposing jail terms for the worst cases of exploitation.