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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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    WFD: New Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) research aims to “debunk the persistent myth” that job insecurity is increasing, revealing the “proportion” of casual work is the same now as 20 years ago. Casual work % same as 1998 “As a proportion of the workforce, casual work has fluctuated between 19% and 21% of the to...

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    WFD: The Fair Work Commission has upheld the sacking of a 45-year-old council worker who sexted younger female colleagues, including sending pictures of himself lying in bed in just his underwear. Colin Reguero-Puente, who had worked for the City of Rockingham for 30 years, argued his advances were “welcomed and reciprocated” by the wom...

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    WFD: United Voice (UV) head Jo Schofield says Australia's workplace laws need to be re-written to create an industry-based collective bargaining system, and has called for support from both sides of politics as “our current broken system has both Labor and Liberal fingerprints on it”. Schofield said for the 120,000 workers UV represente...

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    WFD: For six weeks Tasmanian casino workers have been picketing outside luxury Wrest Point Casino as tensions continue to boil over their next enterprise agreement (EA). After two years' negotiating, workers on May 10 voted for protected industrial action and have taken weekly, rolling four-hour strikes to protest the offer of a 1.8%-a-year for thr...

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    WFD: The Fair Work Commission has stung a sacked HR manager with a rare indemnity costs order for pursuing a “doomed to fail” unfair dismissal case with an “ulterior motive”. Earlier this year, Commissioner Chris Platt found Charles Parletta Real Estate (CPRE) had valid reason for sacking office manager Maria D'Ortenzio who ...

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    WFD: The Federal Circuit Court has slugged the former operators and manager of two Brisbane massage parlours more than $120,000 for underpaying two working visa Japanese massage therapists. The employees were paid on a per-massage basis, but had been entitled to the minimum hourly rates and entitlements under the Hair and Beauty Industry Award. One...

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    WFD: Downer workers in Newcastle and Wollongong went on strike on Monday (June 18) over pay demands. In a joint statement, the Electrical Trades Union (ETU) and Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union (AMWU) confirmed the workers at Downer Group's engineering, construction and maintenance (ECM) division started a series of four-hour work stoppages ...

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    WFD: Workers who earn less than $125,333 a year will receive tax rebates of up to $530 next year, after the Federal Government's income tax plan passed in parliament on Thursday (July 21). The package means that by 2025 those earning $200,000 a year will receive a tax cut of $7,225 per year, while someone earning $30,000 will get a $200 tax cut. Un...

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    WFD: New Coalition senator Amanda Stoker has used her maiden speech to call for industrial relations reform, including watering down unfair dismissal laws and stripping unions of their tax-free status. Stoker, 35, a lawyer and former associate for High Court Justice Ian Callinan, said IR reform was “something our nation desperately needs and ...

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  • 06/21/18--23:59: Diary
  • July 17, 18: ACTU Congress will be held at the Brisbane Convention Centre. September 3: Five-day trial over the Registered Organisations Commission's investigation into the AWU, and raids on its offices . Federal Court, Melbourne. August 1: Australian Mines & Metals Association centenary celebration gala dinner - details here . August 18: Austr...

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  • 06/21/18--23:59: Editorial Team
  • Editor : Rajiv Maharaj, rajiv.maharaj@tr.com . Contact: (02) 8587 7454. Chief Journalist: Emily Woods, emily.woods@tr.com . Journalist: Steve Andrew. Managing Editor : Peter Schwab. Twitter : @WorkforceTR

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    Bill Shorten-appointee Natalie James has failed to win a second term as Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) ( WF 12/07/13 ), with the Government announcing on press day it was replacing her with this year's Public Service Medal winner for “outstanding contribution to workplace relations”, Sandra Parker. Parker has served as Federal Department of ...

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  • 06/21/18--23:59: New faces to head NTEU
  • Alison Barnes has been elected unopposed as National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) federal president. She will replace Jeannie Rea, who will step down in October 2018 after eight years and two consecutive terms as president, and is part of a leadership renewal at the union with long-time general secretary Graeme McCulloch retiring. Gooding vs Cau...

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    The construction union has copped a $142k fine on press day (June 22) with Federal Court Justice Mordy Bromberg saying the union's leadership cannot absolve itself of responsibility for individual officials' conduct when it comes to assessing penalties. However, conversely, Justice Bromberg rejected the Australian Building Construction Commission's...

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    The Maritime Union of Australia - now part of super union the Construction Forestry Maritime Mining Energy Union (CFMMEU) - has dodged a massive financial penalty after the Federal Court rejected Fair Work Ombudsman submissions to slug the union $4.1m for illegal industrial action in 2015. In December, the Federal Court found the union guilty of or...

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    A Full Federal Court has closed an alleged loophole in right of entry laws (RoE) by tossing out a lower court ruling that saw two Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union (CFMEU) officials avoid breach notices because they had “not sought to exercise a right” under s500 of the Fair Work Act ( WF 21/07/17 ). Justice Mordy Bromberg had d...

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    WFD: As tipped in Workforce Daily last month ( WF 25/5/18 ) , Textiles union boss Michele O'Neil has been formally endorsed to become Australian Council of Trade Union (ACTU) president. O'Neil, the long-serving national secretary of the Textile Clothing & Footwear Union (TCFU), will be publicly revealed as ACTU pres at the peak union body's tri...

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    WFD: The Federal Court trial over raids on Australian Workers' Union (AWU) offices has been postponed by one month, to allow the union time to access confidential documents held by the Australian Federal Police (AFP). The delay means subpoenas issued to Senator Michaelia Cash, her former advisor David De Garis and ex-Fair Work Ombudsman media advis...

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    WFD: Australia's Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins has announced a national inquiry into sexual harassment in workplaces. The inquiry will involve “an in-depth examination of sexual harassments in the workplace”, consultation and research, Jenkins said. “Importantly, the inquiry will provide employees, employers and all...

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    WFD: Victoria will introduce new labour hire licensing laws from next year after the state's legislative assembly passed the Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017 on Tuesday night (June 19). The Labor Government's legislation is in response to the Victorian Inquiry into the Labour Hire Industry and Insecure Work, which revealed widespread exploitation of...