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Compensation for manager sacked over unwelcome comments

The FWC has ordered compensation for a bottleshop manager held to have asked a customer "would you like a root hehehe receipt", finding his employer had no excuse for its "procedurally disastrous" sacking after accessing an employer organisation's IR advice.

Vale MUA leader John Coombs

The MUA and broader labour movement have expressed deep sadness at the death today at 81 of John Coombs, who led the union through the bitter 1998 waterfront dispute as it faced down a government-backed plan to lock out its members and replace them with a non-union workforce at key stevedore Patrick.

One Nation and Coalition block "positive duty" change

The Morrison Government has relied on Pauline Hanson's One Nation to defeat Labor and Greens amendments to the Respect@Work legislation that would have imposed a positive duty on employers to take reasonable steps to prevent workplace sexual harassment.

Courtroom "theatre" best for assessing witnesses: Judge

A judge weighing the pros and cons of conducting an adverse action trial via Microsoft Teams has decided to delay it until he can assess witness credibility in person, in a courtroom providing its "own chemistry and theatre".

Labour costs up, productivity down: ABS

Real unit labour costs have risen for the third quarter in a row, as coronavirus-driven reductions unwind, while private sector productivity has dropped for the second time in a year, according to ABS national accounts data released today.

Worker's quest for employee status fails a third time

The self-described former general manager of a "car solutions" company has failed at his third attempt to persuade a court that he was an employee rather than a contractor, a judge observing that it nowadays takes little more than a laptop to conduct a "modest" business within a business.

"Positive duty" focus in Senate's Respect@Work debate

Labor and the Greens have flagged amendments to the Respect@Work legislation that would place a positive duty on employers to take reasonable steps to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.

Lecturer wins 'cancel culture' appeal

In a significant ruling on academic free speech, a university lecturer has been given a second chance to challenge his sacking for superimposing a swastika on an Israeli flag after a full Federal Court found insufficient weight had been attached to an agreement's 'intellectual freedom' clause.

KPMG, PwC show way on accountability

In what represents a significant development in corporate transparency, major accounting firms KPMG and PwC are disclosing bad workplace behaviours in reports taking inspiration from the World Economic Forum's "stakeholder capitalism" principles.