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No service required to trigger 120-hour leave entitlement: FWC

An injured coal mineworker has won back 120 hours personal leave denied by resources giant Peabody when he took more than a year off, the FWC finding he was not required to provide a service to be eligible for the entitlement.

Call to "lift up" the vulnerable as automation advances

As a global robotics report warns that the main occupations production workers are moving to are among the most vulnerable to automation, an Australian academic is urging the adoption of policies to ensure disadvantaged workers are not left behind.


PM pushes for collaborative workplaces

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will ask IR Minister Christian Porter to review the IR system with a view to expunging barriers to "shared gains" for employers and employees, while he has also reiterated the Government's commitment to reintroducing the "ensuring integrity" legislation to target "thugs in militant unions".

Make disciplinary process more consistent, FWC urges

In ordering the reinstatement of an "impatient" veteran crane operator sacked after his third safety breach in a year, an FWC member has examined BlueScope Steel's "proactive attitude" to discipline and recommended it negotiate a better process.

Director ineligible for FEG payment: AAT

The AAT has ruled against a bid for a FEG advance by an employee of a failed company, finding that his role as a director rendered him ineligible.

Court orders aggravated damages for s-xual harassment

A law firm's principal solicitor must pay $170,000 in damages after subjecting a paralegal to months of s-xual harassment that included a "bombardment" of inappropriate emails, coerced hugs and veiled threats that her employment depended on them starting a relationship.

UK inquiry seeks to restrict use of non-disclosure agreements

In a finding that might influence Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins' inquiry into sexual harassment, a UK parliamentary inquiry has recommended legislating to outlaw non-disclosure agreements that restrict "legitimate discussion" of unlawful discrimination and harassment.

Adverse action claim hurdles lawyer's "miscalculation"

The FWC has held that a lawyer's incorrect use of a date calculator should not stand in the way of a worker filing a day-late challenge to his alleged dismissal on the basis that his employment was "frustrated" by an expected slow return to full-time work from sick leave.