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Study considers long-term effects of pay freezes; and more

Study considers long-term effects of pay freezes; Qantas engineers weighing challenge to court ruling; Legislation providing super amnesty passes Senate; and Submissions sought on employee share ownershIp.

Young Libs caution against wage theft heavy-handedness

The NSW Young Liberals have called on the Federal Coalition to establish a three-strike warning system to deal with employers that unintentionally underpay workers and for employees to "bear some of the risk", in a submission warning against "heavy-handed" policies.

Opposition unimpressed by NSW IRC appointment

The NSW Opposition has refused to welcome the promotion of Nichola Constant to the chief commissioner's role at the State IRC, saying the Berejiklian Government has missed a chance to appoint an outstanding candidate with strong IR credentials.

Combination of five factors add up to exceptional circumstances: FWC

The FWC has granted a two-day extension for an aged care worker to file her unlawful dismissal claim after finding the combined circumstances - including the Christmas Eve deadline, her worsening bipolar disorder symptoms and the anniversary of her mother's death - to be exceptional.

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".