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"Lost opportunity" to explain terms sinks labour hire deal

In a decision emphasising the "reasonable steps" employers must take in explaining proposed agreements to workers, the FWC has refused to approve a large labour hire company's deal after a "lost opportunity" to clarify its terms and its failure to present sufficient detail about information sessions.


BHP worker's buckled track fix out of line

The FWC has upheld BHP's dismissal of a track maintenance coordinator who failed to conduct the correct level of risk assessment when a section of rail bowed out on its Pilbara network, rejecting claims he had not been properly educated about the company's guidelines.

"Possible acrimony" not enough to hide worker's identity: FWC

The FWC has rebuffed a worker's bid to remain anonymous in opposing an employer's application to terminate an agreement, finding their concerns of "possible acrimony" did not unseat the principles of open justice.

Doctors' union and AMA to face off in court

The Australian Salaried Medical Officers Federation is suing the Australian Medical Association, accusing it of unlawfully scrapping a joint-membership arrangement under which the union provided IR services.


NSW teachers back pay deal

NSW public school teachers have today voted to accept a new salaries and conditions package, while also voting to condemn the State Government for its 2.5% salary cap and restrictions on access to the State IRC to run work value cases.

Porter's department unchanged after restructure; and more

A-G's Department unchanged after restructure; National accounts show productivity drop; Restoring wage growth better than tax cuts; Life sentences possible under NT industrial manslaughter laws; Post-dismissal knowledge justified sacking, says FWC.


Bench orders retrial in charity's adverse action case

A full Federal Court has expressed "regret" in ordering the retrial of five-year-old claims by the Queensland Nurses' Union that Red Cross dismissed one of its members for participating in protected industrial action.