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FWO shifts focus to migrant workers

In a year in which it recovered more than $40 million for underpaid workers, the FWO has revealed in its annual report that more than 80% of its new litigation involves migrant workers, while the hospitality industry retains the gong for recording the highest number of disputes.

Employers facing more general protections claims

General protections claims – attractive to employees because of their uncapped compensation – reached a record high in 2018-19 of more than 5600 after two years of substantial growth, according to the FWC's annual report.

Employers seek broader application of life-of-project deals

Now that the Morrison Government has decided to extend the maximum terms of greenfields agreements for major projects, employers say the principle should apply more widely to non-greenfields agreements covering subcontractors on such jobs.

Bench rejects Minister's review of 'discriminatory' deal

An FWC full bench has rejected IR Minister Christian Porter's bid to review an already-approved agreement on the basis that it contains discriminatory terms, while it has allowed changes "entirely disposing" of any lingering ambiguities.

CFMMEU conducts "sting" of its own as director fined $43,000

The CFMMEU has taken a leaf from the ABCC's playbook by invoking the High Court's 'personal payments order' decision in arguing penalties levied against an underpaying, bankrupt former director of a liquidated company should discourage such practices from being considered as "simply the cost of doing business".

Aldi "loaded rates" deals finally approved

A senior FWC member has after multiple undertakings approved two Aldi deals at the centre of the tribunal's 'loaded rates in agreements' case, acknowledging their higher pay scales and the lack of evidence to show that their "needs-based" rostering approach would leave workers any worse off than under the award.


1% of aged care residents enjoy staffing best practice: Report

As the Commonwealth considers a new funding model that assesses staffing needs for aged care homes, a royal commission paper says more than half the nation's residents are with providers offering an unacceptable number and mix of workers according to a world-leading measurement tool.


Employee's "vexatious complaints", missed meetings justify sacking

A tribunal has upheld the sacking of a legal aid agency employee who refused to attend meetings for six months and reacted to a final warning with "baseless and scandalous" allegations against her colleagues, finding her defiance of reasonable directions "struck at the very heart of the employment relationship".