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"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".

More underpayment woes for Wesfarmers

The Fair Work Ombudsman will investigate $9 million in underpayments by Wesfarmers subsidiary Target, along with other recent wage scandals involving major employers.

Employer's blood-alcohol limit change "impermissible"

A tribunal has upended a large transport company's "unilateral" decision to change to zero its blood alcohol policy limit for contracted owner-drivers, finding a toolbox meeting and noticeboard postings did not meet the governing agreement's consultation requirements.

Glazier's dismissal ruling lacked reflection: Bench

An FWC member must rehear the unfair dismissal claim of a glazier sacked for frequent absences following surgery, a full bench finding he failed to consider whether the employer notified the worker of reasons later found to be valid or gave him a chance to respond.

No acceleration in pay rises: ABS

Growth in private sector rates of pay excluding bonuses remained stagnant at the end of last year, but continued to outpace inflation, according to ABS data released today.