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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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    In a significant decision on the rights of casual workers to convert to permanent jobs, the Federal Court has found Toll Transport's enterprise agreement (EA) confers the right for conversion to permanent jobs on a “like for like basis”. Justice Geoffrey Flick fined Toll $42,000 for a failure to fulfil that EA obligation, and has asked ...

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    Victoria'sCountry Fire Authority (CFA) has appointed a “chief officer for inclusion and fairness” after a leaked report revealed a culture of sexual harassment and bullying within the organisation. The Interim Report on Gender Diversity and Inclusion, based on confidential survey responses from 550 CFA staff, was leaked to Fairfax Media...

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    The Federal Government's ‘Ensuring Integrity' bill passed the House of Representatives on Monday. However, while the Govt had the numbers significantly crossbench members joined with the Australian Labour Party (ALP) to vote against it. On August 16 the Federal Government introduced the Ensuring Integrity Bill 2017 to amend the Fair Work (Reg...

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    The Queensland Industrial Relations Commission has stopped Brisbane City Council (BCC) from putting to a vote an enterprise agreement proposing a 2.5%-a-year pay increase to all workers. Representatives of blue-collar workers the Electrical Trades Union, Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union and Australian Manufacturers Workers Union sought the...

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  • 10/16/17--23:30: Editorial Team
  • Chief Journalist: Emily Woods. Journalists: Steve Andrew, Rajiv Maharaj. Managing Editor: Peter Schwab. Contact: (02) 8587 7681 and peter.schwab@tr.com . Twitter: @WorkforceTR

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    Stop work industrial action was taking place at press time at James Cook University (JCU) campuses in Townsville and Cairns as the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) ups the ante in its 17-month pay deal dispute with management. JCU took a 6.6%-over-five-years non-union offer directly to the workforce last month, and it was rejected by 58% of...

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    The Australian Labor Party (ALP) will bring in new laws to stop employers from terminating agreements as a bargaining strategy, and will amend legislation to prevent businesses from putting workers on “sham” contracts, if it is elected. Shadow Employment and Workplace Relations Minister Brendan O'Connor introduced a suite of workforce p...

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    A NSW window installer who did not show up to work after contracting food poisoning and then abandoned his work vehicle after being sacked, has been awarded compensation from his employer after the Fair Work Commission (FWC) found he was unfairly dismissed. Deputy President Anna Booth found the employer, a small business, did not comply with the Fa...

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    A 6-1 majority of the full High Court has today ruled certain sections of Tasmania's Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Act offended the implied freedom of political communication in the Constitution and has declared them invalid. The legislation, passed in 2014, bans protestors from “preventing, hindering or obstructing” at places...

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    The Fair Work Commission has issued stop protected action orders against the Communications Electrical Plumbers Union (CEPU), bringing to a halt rolling stoppages at the Australian Submarine Corporation (ASC) shipbuilding yards in Adelaide. CEPU members staged 14 stop work meetings over the weekend, which ASC said seriously compromised its contract...

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  • 10/17/17--23:40: Editorial Team
  • Chief Journalist: Emily Woods. Journalist: Rajiv Maharaj. Managing Editor: Peter Schwab. Contact: (02) 8587 7681 and peter.schwab@tr.com . Twitter: @WorkforceTR

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    Maximum penalties for employers who fail to meet their record-keeping obligations have doubled. The Fair Work Ombudsman is offering a new training course to help small businesses avoid big fines for breaching record-keeping laws. The course features practical examples, interactive activities and tips to help businesses understand what records they ...

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    Tomorrow federal court workers will embark on their first ever strike (Friday, October 20), walking off their jobs at lunch-time, as their union's dispute with the Federal Government over pay and conditions escalates. Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) members working in Federal, Family, and Federal Circuit courts and the National Native Titl...

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    The Federal Government has today introduced the Fair Work Laws Amendment (Proper Use of Worker Benefits) Bill to Parliament. If passed it will crack down on unions' ability to pay worker entitlements, including redundancy pay and income protection, into union-controlled accounts. Employment minister Senator Michaelia Cash first announced the legisl...

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    An aviation company, whose 2017 enterprise agreement (EA) the Fair Work Commission (FWC) rejected earlier this year due to a lack of a regular work roster and problems with split shifts, is back before the cmn today (October 19) appealing that decision. In August, Commissioner Nick Wilson labelled Aerocare's EA “arbitrary and discriminatory...

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    The Federal Circuit Court has slugged a Surfers Paradise Japanese restaurant and its owner more than $284,000 - close to the maximum - in an underpayments case the judge described as “heinous”. In proceedings brought by the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO), Judge Salvatore Vasta found Samurais Paradise restaurant and its owner, Shigeo Ishiyama...

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    Qantas's commissionaires - the airline workers responsible for assisting special needs passengers - have been reclassified at a higher level under their industrial agreement, after their union was successful in a dispute before the Fair Work Commission (FWC). The Transport Workers' Union (TWU) asked FWC to settle a dispute about whether commissiona...

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    Australia needs a work visa system focused on permanent migration, which also protects local workers and the rights of temporary migrant workers, the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) says. In a submission to the Federal Government's Visa Simplification Review, the ACTU made recommendations to overhaul Australia' visa system, emphasising th...

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  • 10/18/17--23:10: Editorial Team
  • Chief Journalist: Emily Woods. Journalists: Rajiv Maharaj, Steve Andrew. Managing Editor: Peter Schwab. Contact: (02) 8587 7681 and peter.schwab@tr.com . Twitter: @WorkforceTR

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    The Fair Work Commission has ordered dairy giant Murray Goulburn to commence bargaining with the National Union of Workers (NUW) for a new agreement in a situation where nearly all the workforce will be retrenched in six weeks. Murray Goulburn argued against the union's majority support determination (MSD) application, saying it was going to close ...