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IR class action funder challenges costs security order

The litigation funder behind a swathe of casuals class actions is challenging a requirement to cough up more than $3 million in security for the potential costs of two of them, arguing it would set a higher bar for employment-related class actions and eat into workers' returns.

Accept major civil projects are ours: AWU to CFMMEU

An AWU leader has called on the CFMMEU's construction division to accept that courts and tribunals have determined that the AWU is the "principal union" in civil construction and tunnelling.

Go external for harassment investigations: Tribunal

In a decision pointing out the multiple failures of an upmarket Adelaide supermarket to properly handle a juice bar worker's complaint that "the chef just touched my arse", a tribunal has ordered the company and her former colleague to jointly pay her $30,000 in damages.

Big jump in domestic violence assistance: WGEA

The gap between male and female full-time earnings has narrowed slightly over the past year, but there has been a substantial rise in adoption of domestic violence policies and leave by employers, according to the WGEA.

Union leader reverses claim about complainants

Together Queensland leader Alex Scott has today withdrawn comments he made to Workplace Express 18 months ago in which he indicated that former union employees who complained about alleged covert monitoring of their electronic communications had done so as part of an "orchestrated campaign".

Senior MUA official loses entry permit

The FWC has refused to renew MUA Sydney branch secretary Paul McAleer's entry permit, ruling that he has "repeatedly preferred the interests of his union and/or its members over compliance with industrial laws."

Judgment awaited on FEG casual case

With multiple class actions against labour hire companies on hold pending the result of a landmark case on casual employment, the Federal Court has reserved judgment on whether FEG claims can be set off against casual loading already paid if their employers go bust.


Porter rejects call to release "secret" amendments

The Morrison Government has rejected a Labor call to immediately release the amendments to the "Ensuring Integrity" Bill that have been negotiated with Senate crossbenchers.

Court makes important industrial action ruling

A Federal Court judge has rejected union arguments that a single period of industrial action might involve only one instance of "organising" that action.