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University seeks damages from "whistleblower" academic

Murdoch University is seeking compensation for a dip in international student enrolments and damage to its reputation in a cross-claim against an academic who is accusing it of retaliatory adverse action over alleged public interest disclosures to the media.

"Waste of public resources" to continue jailed worker's case: FWC

The FWC has thrown out an unfair dismissal claim by an IT worker who is in prison until at least August next year and is suffering a mental illness, finding he "is not in a position, physically or mentally, to prosecute his case" and keeping it on foot "flies in the face of the efficient use of public resources".

Court penalises MUA for "sympathy strike"

The Federal Court has today imposed $36,000 in fines for a "sympathy strike" last year by MUA members at Patrick Stevedores' Port Botany container terminal.

FWC rejects DP World allegation of "go slow" on docks

The FWC has dismissed DP World's application for orders to halt an alleged "go slow" at its Melbourne container terminal, citing concerns over the statistical evidence tendered by the stevedore.

IR class action funders to face costs security orders

A Federal Court judge has foreshadowed today that he will order a litigation funder to provide security for the potential costs of two IR class actions, while observing that such a move is unlikely to have a "stultifying" effect on the proceedings.

Court to rule on AWU challenge to AFP raids

The Federal Court will this Friday deliver its long-awaited verdict on the lawfulness of the Federal Police raids on the AWU's offices in October 2017.

Irrelevant criminal record change provides more discretion: Porter

The Morrison Government has lowered the bar for employers to reject job applicants with criminal records in response to a Human Rights Commission finding that Suncorp discriminated against an applicant with a record of accessing child pornography by refusing to hire him.

Ruling might have chilling effect on casuals class actions

A looming Federal Court judgment on whether to grant security of costs to employers facing multi-million-dollar casuals class actions could make employment matters much less attractive to litigation funders, according to a law firm that is targeting the black coal mining industry.