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Porter releases "integrity" legislation amendments

Unions say the 'integrity" legislation amendments released by IR Minister Christian Porter this afternoon don't limit the "extraordinarily wide range of grounds" for deregistering unions and disqualifying officials, and continue to potentially impose harsh punishment for "simple paperwork mistakes".

Senior FWC member questions low-cost model

One of the FWC's newest members has taken aim at the jurisdiction's low-cost model, describing as "unacceptable" the tax on public and employer resources involved in pursuing an unresponsive unfair dismissal applicant.

Bench shaves $48K off CFMMEU penalties over double dip

In a significant ruling on how Fair Work Act breaches are to be assessed, a Federal Court full bench has invoked double jeopardy principles to strip $48,000 off penalties awarded against the CFMMEU and one of its organisers.

Divulge reasons for psychometric test findings: FWC

A psychometric testing business engaged by child residential-care providers is for the second time facing orders to reveal reasons for declaring a worker unsuitable for his position.


Discriminatory employment to jeopardise standard of care: ANMF

The nurses union says a plan to let faith-based hospital and aged care providers make discriminatory employment decisions based on religion could affect quality of care, while a teachers' union warns of "unanticipated consequences".

MUA back where it began as fined $38K for unlawful strike

A Federal Court judge has for the second time rejected FWO arguments that the CFMMEU's maritime division should not benefit from the Fair Work Act's single course of conduct mechanism in determining penalties for an unlawful strike.

Sick McDonald's workers told to find own cover, claims union

RAFFWU is suing a McDonald's franchise that allegedly required workers to find a replacement if they took sick leave, told them they had to call in sick by 10pm the night before scheduled shifts and denied them proper breaks.

Morrison flags 'decluttering' of compliance regime

In a clear indication that the recent rash of underpayment disclosures by large companies has not gone unnoticed, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has told a business audience that his government hopes to reduce the current compliance regime's "administrative clutter".

Winery sacking far from vintage: FWC

A wine producer has been ordered to pay a 72-year-old former sales manager more than $15,000 in compensation after an FWC finding that an external "dispute resolution" consultant contributed to a flawed dismissal process.