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Stay up to date with the latest cases, legislative developments, legal news and policy materials with Alert24 from Thomson Reuters (Professional) Australia Limited. Access to and use of Alert24 is conditional on your acceptance and compliance with the Alert24 terms of use. © 2009 Thomson Reuters (Professional) Australia Limited or its licensors and © 2009 AAP or its licensors.
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    A North Queensland tour operator has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for failing to back-pay five backpackers, in “unprecedented” contempt of court action brought by the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO). It is the first time a jail term has been imposed as a result of FWO action, the agency said. On May 10 the Federal Circuit Court (FCC)...

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    Enterprise agreement (EA) bargained wages are accounting for as much as 70% of revenue for some large councils, a new report has revealed. The national report by financial consultants Aon Risk Solutions said that EA negotiated salaries were rising faster than council income. “While council revenues in some states are increasing by only 2%, wa...

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    In another win for Uber's steadfast position that it is not the employer of drivers who use its app, the Fair Work Commission has tossed out an unfair dismissal claim brought by a driver. But citing a full bench in the French Accent decision ( below ), Commissioner Nick Wilson said the relationship was not so clear cut that the case should be autom...

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  • 05/14/18--23:45: Editorial team
  • Editor: Rajiv Maharaj. Chief Journalist: Emily Woods. Journalist: Steve Andrew. Managing Editor: Peter Schwab. Contact: (02) 8587 7681 or rajiv.maharaj@tr.com . Twitter : @WorkforceTR

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    Workers at the Reserve Bank of Australia's (RBA) money printing facility are threatening to take industrial action, with unions accusing RBA boss Philip Lowe of supporting a wage rise across the country but denying one to his own workers. Note Printing Australia (NPA), a subsidiary of the RBA, has been negotiating a new enterprise agreement (EA) wi...

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    The Fair Work Commission has thrown out an unfair dismissal claim by a supervisor summarily sacked for attacking a junior colleague via texts and on Facebook (FB). Deputy President (DP) Peter Sams rejected the manager's claims she made them in the heat of the moment and had not been trained in her employer's social media policy. “One hardly n...

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    NSW and ACT Catholic teachers are this week expected to vote up a new enterprise agreement (EA), ending a bitter 18-month battle over the right to arbitration ( WF 10/11/17 , WF 31/03/17 ) . The new EA enshrines access to the Fair Work Commission for arbitration, a position initially challenged by the employer through the Catholic Commission of Emp...

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    Breaking: At press time the Federal Court has confirmed it has dismissed Aerocare's second attempt to appeal a Fair Work Commission (FWC) rejection of its 2017 enterprise agreement (EA). The judgment was delivered in court “ex tempore” on press day (May 15), a court spokesperson told Workforce Daily. Aerocare had attempted to quash the ...

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    The Fair Work Commission has thrown out an unfair dismissal claim by a supervisor summarily sacked for attacking a junior colleague via texts and on Facebook (FB). Deputy President (DP) Peter Sams rejected the manager's claims she made them in the heat of the moment and had not been trained in her employer's social media policy. “One hardly n...

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    Unions have lauded prosecutors' press day decision to drop criminal blackmail charges against two Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union (CFMEU) officials mid-trial. On the eighth day of a 13-day committal hearing at Melbourne Magistrate's Court, the Vic Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) dropped all charges against CFMEU Vic branch secretary...

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    Qube Ports will have to pay two stevedores it retrenched four years ago 70-week redundancy packages after a Federal Full Court ruled their service for predecessor companies counted as “previously agreed industry service”. The employer launched the appeal after a South Australian industrial magistrate found the workers' service prior to ...

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  • 05/15/18--23:59: Editorial Team
  • Editor : Rajiv Maharaj. Chief Journalist : Emily Woods. Journalist : Steve Andrew. Managing Editor : Peter Schwab. Contact (02) 8587 7681 or rajiv.maharaj@tr.com . Twitter : @WorkforceTR

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    Ground handling company Aerocare says it “welcomes” the Federal Court's rejection of its latest appeal “as it provides certainty” about last year's enterprise agreement (EA). Yesterday (May 15) the court dismissed the employer's second attempt to appeal a Fair Work Commission rejection of its 2017 EA ( WF 15/05/18 ). The new...

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    Workers cannot accrue annual leave during a lockout by their employer, a Fair Work Commission full bench has said. Tossing out a joint union appeal, the bench - Senior Deputy President Jonathan Hamberger, Deputy President Alan Colman and Commissioner Katrina Harper-Greenwell - agreed a lockout was not ‘service' under s22 of the Fair Work Act ...

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    Natalie James' grip on the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) role is looking shaky, with a key employer body unhappy with her performance as her term comes to an end and the Federal Government advertises the gig. In a statement to Workforce Daily on Wednesday (May 17), James confirmed she would welcome reappointment to the role when her five-year term ends...

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  • 05/16/18--23:40: Editorial Team
  • Editor : Rajiv Maharaj. Chief Journalist : Emily Woods. Journalist : Steve Andrew. Managing Editor : Peter Schwab. Contact (02) 8587 7681 or rajiv.maharaj@tr.com . Twitter : @WorkforceTR

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    Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) research reveals there is “no evidence” that small, incremental minimum wage increases will lead to job losses or reduction in workers' hours. In fact, the study showed “if anything” the job loss rate declined when award wages increased, and employees ended up working more hours in jobs with l...

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    Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) research states the “key causes” of slow wages growth are “weak productivity growth, spare labour capacity and weak inflation”. Low levels of union membership, growth in casual employment, current bargaining laws and exploitation of migrant workers “are not significant drivers of wa...

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    Re-elected United Firefighters Union (UFU) Vic secretary Peter Marshall says he won't back down from his campaign to rid the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) of “corporate-style” cost-cutting. The UFU boss was speaking two days after quashing an election challenge by veteran firefighter Lyndon Clarke 1,728 votes to 451. Clarke had campai...

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    Both the national president and secretary of the Finance Sector Union (FSU) face challenges in FSU elections set to get underway on May 31, the union has confirmed. Presidential incumbent Louise Arnfield will be challenged by South Australian-based Johanna Tran, and Julia Angrisano by a yet-to-be-confirmed candidate for national secretary. Fiona Jo...