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Victorian gender equality laws pass Parliament

Victoria's Parliament has today passed legislation that will require public sector bodies, universities and local government to develop and implement four-yearly gender equality action plans and publicly report on progress every two years.

Labour hire licensing for ACT; and more

ACT introduces labour hire licensing legislation; St Kevin's worker "pressured" against reporting "grooming", says claim; Underpayment supersizes at Super Retail; and 13% living in poverty, says ACOSS report.

FWC upholds ejection of remorseless buttock-tapper

The FWC has upheld Star Casino's sacking of a food and beverage server who said he tapped a colleague's bottom in an act of comradery, accused three workmates of entrapping him and threatened to "raise hell" for his employer.

Damages case wound back after allegations "snowstorm"

A judge has struck out large parts of a damages claim against the CFMMEU over a troubled redevelopment of Melbourne's Pentridge prison after finding the applicant made a "snowstorm" of allegations that lacked a sufficient foundation.

"Sloppy" wording helps sink scope order application

The FWC has refused the RTBU's bid for a scope order so that it can negotiate separate agreements for Australian Rail Track Corporation's operational employees and their office-based colleagues, finding that even if it could ignore "sloppy" position descriptions in the application, a carve-out would not improve bargaining.

Six-year wait brought system into "disrepute": Bench

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 leave balance reductions equal to 700 job cuts

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.

Prosecutor wins damages over exposure to child p-rnography

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.

Manager's assault claim in gold hotpants case rejected

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.

MUA operating on our turf, says ABCC

The ABCC, in opposing entry permits for CFMMEU maritime division leaders, is relying on the view that they fall within its jurisdiction because they are officials of a "building association".