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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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    The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has found a Bunnings Warehouse supervisor did not bully her subordinate despite an independent report concluding her references to his disability were inappropriate and unreasonable. Dismissing an application for a stop bullying order, Commissioner David Gregory said John Krnjic, who worked part-time in Bunnings's ele...

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    The Labor Party has praised JB Hi-Fi's decision to maintain penalty rates for its employees despite the introduction of cuts to Sunday and public holiday rates from July 1 ( WF 5/6/17 ). Shadow employment minister Brendan O'Connor commended the retailer for having “put their workers first, refusing to cut staff penalty rates”. “We...

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    The NSW Industrial Relations Commission has tossed out an attempt by the National Road Transport Association (NatRoads) to register as an employer organisation in the state system. Both the Transport Workers Union and the Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation NSW Branch strongly opposed NatRoads' application. Ruling against the bid, Com...

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  • 07/17/17--00:10: Editorial Team
  • Editor: Annie Lawson (03) 9286 1411. Chief Journalist: Gerard May. Journalist: Steve Andrew. Managing Editor: Peter Schwab. Twitter: @WorkforceTR

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    The Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union (CEPU) SA branch has launched a state-wide campaign today (July 17) against the decision the Building Code covers SA Power Networks (SAPN) construction and maintenance services division employees ( WF 19/6/2017 ). CEPU state secretary John Adley said the code would “undermine job security, ope...

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    In an important decision on union liability for permit holders right of entry (RoE) breaches, the Federal Court has upheld a building industry watchdog claim the Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union (CFMEU) had accessorial liability under Fair Work Act s550 for the action of two officials who breached RoE provisions at a SA construction site i...

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    The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has rejected an employee's unfairly dismissal claim because he refused to tell his employer what additional hours he worked for his private business, which it needed to ensure he was not fatigued and endangering his and his co-workers' safety. However, Commissioner Jennifer Hunt said Wilmar Australia Pty Ltd did not h...

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    Analysis of foreign language job ads shows the current approach to stamping out the underpaying of culturally and linguistically diverse workers has failed so the unions must be empowered to audit pay records of businesses even if they do not have union members, Unions NSW has said. NSW's peak union body said its audit of job advertisements on Chin...

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  • 07/17/17--23:20: Editorial Team
  • Editor: Annie Lawson (03) 9286 1411. Chief Journalist: Gerard May. Managing Editor: Peter Schwab. Twitter: @WorkforceTR

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    The NSW Industrial Relations Commission has found a public sector agency had a valid reason to fire an employee because she refused to work. Sophia McGinn argued Family and Community Services (FACS) couldnot fire her because the Government Services Employment Act 2013 s47(1)(f) only enables dismissal for refusing to work of those in “ongoing ...

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    The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has said the number of workers to inquire about joining a union has risen 25% in the first six months of 2017 compared to the same time in 2016. The peak body made the membership announcement as Opposition leader Bill Shorten was set to meet the ACTU executive today (July 19). An ACTU spokesperson said ...

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    A Brisbane-based courier company manager, sacked over separate allegations of bullying and breaching a world-wide delivery embargo on JK Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them book, was unfairly dismissed, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has found. Steven Biffin claimed XL Express failed to investigate or substantiate its allegations. Uph...

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    A ski instructor who reported to Thredbo landslide survivor Stuart Diver has lost his unfair dismissal bid because the Fair Work Commission (FWC) found he was never fired. Kosciuszko Thredbo Pty Ltd did not reemploy Jason Bosley for the 2017 ski season despite him having worked for it full time as a seasonal employee in its ski patrol team for 13 c...

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    Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) workers will launch three weeks of industrial action kicking off tomorrow (Thursday, July 20) in their fight to win a fair enterprise agreement (EA), the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) has said. The action will include rolling strikes during the afternoon or mornings and a ban on providing weather forecasts to ...

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  • 07/18/17--23:10: Editorial Team
  • Editor: Annie Lawson (03) 8684 2127, 0422 567 004, annie.lawson@tr.com Chief Journalist: Gerard May Journalist: Steve Andrew Managing Editor: Peter Schwab Twitter: @WorkforceTR

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    The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has found an aged care nurse was fairly dismissed after revealing graphic details about a resident turning blue and frothing. However, the cmn found Bupa Aged Care Mosman (Bupa) had denied Shirley Govender procedural fairness after it failed during a disciplinary meeting to show her secret footage that exposed her mis...

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    The Transport Workers' Union (TWU) has appealed to all state governments to protect drivers from wages underpayment and passengers from over-paying for ride-sharing platforms such as Uber. The union has called for regulation to ensure greater transparency on how Uber sets it rates following complaints from drivers and passengers over its “sec...

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    The Federal Circuit Court has found a mine licence holder did not commit adverse action when it instructed a contractor to stop using a worker who had complained about safety after accepting it was concerned about her driving ability. However, in an important examination of contractual relationships, the court dismissed the licence holder's argumen...

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    Employment increased in June by 26,400 to 12,160,100 -driven by a growth in full-time jobs, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) trend estimates in its labour force data released today. ABS found that in June, unemployment decreased 3,700 to 726,800; the participation rate remained steady at 64.9%, and monthly hours worked in all jobs...

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  • 07/19/17--23:25: Editorial Team
  • Editor: Annie Lawson (03) 8684 2127, 0422 567 004, annie.lawson@tr.com Chief Journalist: Gerard May Managing Editor: Peter Schwab Twitter: @WorkforceTR