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Regular work, not hours, the key to casual status: Bench

An FWC full bench has allowed a casual worker to claim unfair dismissal after finding a senior tribunal member wrongly focussed on her irregular "pattern" of days and hours in holding she had not met the minimum employment period.


Correct "power imbalance" in greenfields deals, urges Ai Group

Employers are urging the Morrison Government to let greenfields and non-greenfields deals span the full life of major projects, without requiring them to reflect prevailing industry conditions, while legal experts say project owners and developers should be able to make them.

MBA vexed by super fund's contribution-tracking app

The Master Builders Association has "unresolved concerns" over a new app developed by Cbus that enables members to closely track employer superannuation contributions.


Porter sets out "guiding principles" for national labour hire scheme

Fining host employers for hiring workers from unregistered operators is among a list of "guiding principles" IR Minister Christian Porter has put before state and territory counterparts as part of a proposed single national labour hire regulatory scheme to be overseen by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Amazon reveals details of "Flex", but unions, employers leery

When global e-commerce giant Amazon rolls out its "Flex" package delivery service in Australia, it will require its drivers to use an app to offer themselves for "blocks" of work estimated at a minimum of four hours.

Vale Bryan Noakes

One of Australia’s leading employer advocates both nationally and internationally, Bryan Noakes, died on Tuesday at the age of 89 after years of ill-health.

FWC rejects reinstated worker's second bid for costs

In a decision closely examining the FWC's power to award costs, a reinstated worker who was the beneficiary of an earlier ruling has on rehearing failed to persuade the Commission that her employer either unreasonably defended the unfairness of its actions or ignored its poor prospects of success.

New pay rules looming for lawyers, clerks

New rules for recording the working hours of junior lawyers and paralegals are set to take effect from March, despite protests from major law firms, while up to a million clerical employees are set to be subject to similar provisions.