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Rotary penalised for "striking at heart" of workplace laws

Rotary International's "egregious" dismissal of a Sydney-based manager who initiated an adverse action claim has earned it a $50,000 fine from a judge who singled out the organisation's US-based No.2 for her role in a breach that "struck at the heart" of Australian workplace laws.

Unions appealing endorsement of BHP on-hire deals

Unions are challenging the FWC's approval of two hotly-contested BHP Billiton Operations Services labour hire deals in a decision in which the tribunal criticised their "myopic" approach, after limiting their participation in proceedings.

Gardner, Wright, Telfer win Australia Day gongs

Eminent IR academic Margaret Gardner, Your Rights at Work architect George Wright and HR executive and board member Ilana Atlas have been recognised in the Australia Day Honours.

Regular work, not hours, the key to casual status: Bench

An FWC full bench has allowed a casual worker to claim unfair dismissal after finding a senior tribunal member wrongly focussed on her irregular "pattern" of days and hours in holding she had not met the minimum employment period.


Correct "power imbalance" in greenfields deals, urges Ai Group

Employers are urging the Morrison Government to let greenfields and non-greenfields deals span the full life of major projects, without requiring them to reflect prevailing industry conditions, while legal experts say project owners and developers should be able to make them.

MBA vexed by super fund's contribution-tracking app

The Master Builders Association has "unresolved concerns" over a new app developed by Cbus that enables members to closely track employer superannuation contributions.


Porter sets out "guiding principles" for national labour hire scheme

Fining host employers for hiring workers from unregistered operators is among a list of "guiding principles" IR Minister Christian Porter has put before state and territory counterparts as part of a proposed single national labour hire regulatory scheme to be overseen by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Amazon reveals details of "Flex", but unions, employers leery

When global e-commerce giant Amazon rolls out its "Flex" package delivery service in Australia, it will require its drivers to use an app to offer themselves for "blocks" of work estimated at a minimum of four hours.