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Entry permit suspended for CFMMEU's Harkins

Apologies and claims that he conducted himself "out of character" have not spared a union official having his entry permit suspended over a confrontation in which he told a site foreman he did "give a f--k" what happened because he was near the end of his career.

High Court's Rossato decision rewrites the rules: Experts

IR academics say the High Court's "revolutionary" approach in Rossato signals an intention to rewrite the rules for determining employment status, with potentially dire consequences for gig workers and others seeking to challenge their characterisation.

Listed company's $5m adverse action payout quashed

A full Federal Court has quashed a software company's $5.2 million general protections payout and ordered a retrial after finding that the judge in awarding record compensation to the former Victorian state manager failed to provide adequate reasons in his 350-page decision.

Union cautions over employer's mandatory vax requirement

The AMWU has objected to what fruit and vegetable processor SPC today described as the country's first mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for its workforce, leaving the door open to possible legal action.

ROC turns up heat on peak restaurant body

An employer organisation that bllls itself as the "voice" of the hospitality industry is being investigated for potential member registration breaches.

PABO could be enough to trigger lockout, union warns

McCain Foods acted "pre-emptively" when it locked out workers at a Tasmanian potato processing plant before they embarked on protected action, the Fair Work Commission heard today.

Employers effusive after High Court's black letter ruling

Employers once said to be facing up to $38 billion in casuals' backpay claims have welcomed today's High Court confirmation that contracts are decisive in determining employment types, while workers' representatives have come out swinging.

$1.1 million payout for Auspost's former CEO

Australia Post has agreed to pay former chief executive Christine Holgate a settlement of $1 million plus $100,000 in legal costs, without the Government-owned enterprise making any admission of liability over her departure from the job in October last year.