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Bad punt as union, officials fined $121K for entry breaches

The Federal Court has described the CFMMEU's construction and general division and four of its officials as having "taken the odds" when assuming there was no statutory requirement for them to show entry permits when accessing a major project site.

Harassment case transcript not "doctored": Court

A courier driver has failed to overturn orders to pay a Sanity store manager $45,000 compensation and damages for s-xual harassment after a court rejected his claims that a tribunal's transcript of proceedings had been "doctored".

Union leaders facing up to 10 years' jail

CFMMEU construction and general division NSW branch secretary Darren Greenfield and his assistant secretary son Michael face up to 10 years' imprisonment and $1.1 million in fines after today being charged with corruption offences for allegedly accepting bribes from construction companies.

Wharf tension grows as union claims pandemic windfall

The MUA has spurned a final offer on a new enterprise agreement from Patrick stevedores, despite the company warning employees it will consider "necessary steps to preserve the business".

Reinstatement, backpay for nurse sacked over weight

A nurse sacked over her morbid obesity and unfitness to perform duties has won reinstatement and nearly three years' backpay, but a tribunal says she might not sufficiently recover from health setbacks caused by her lengthy suspension and wrongful dismissal.

WFH to be an individual arrangement: PC report

Most negotiations between employers and employees on working from home arrangements will remain outside the formal IR system, according to a new report by the Productivity Commission.

Cobwebbed deal axed despite worker fears

In a decision illustrating the delicate balancing act required of the FWC when considering axing old agreements, a recently-employed worker has succeeding in having a security company's 15-year-old deal scrapped over the loud objections of all but a few of his fellow employees.

"Emphatic" rejection of case no basis for costs: Judge

Coles has failed to win more than $25,000 costs sought against an experienced Indian lawyer who unsuccessfully spent almost two years trying to challenge his sacking from one of its supermarkets while qualifying to practice in Australia.

Regulator scrutinising employee's COVID-19 death

In a development sure to be watched closely by employers, WorkSafe Victoria is inquiring into the COVID-19 death of a 46-year-old call centre employee identified as a close contact at his workplace's Tier 1 exposure site.

NT's vax mandate; Ageism report; & more

NT's vax mandate for "high-risk" workers; AHRC reports on ageism; New Queensland equity and diversity commissioner; and Bandt retains IR in Greens reshuffle.