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Thursday, 9 October 2014

Fair Work finds telling a worker to “f-ck off” is unfair dismissal

A small business owner who was found to have unfairly dismissed an employee after telling her to “f-ck off” has spoken out about the need for reform to workplace laws in Australia. by Eloise Keating

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Skills, rorts and exploitation: The vexed issue of reforming the 457 visa scheme

The independent review panel report on the 457 visa scheme is a constructive contribution to the debate over temporary skilled migration. by Joanna Howe

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Convoluted, complex and of questionable relevance: Small business owners tell Fair Work to overhaul awards

Small business owners have told the Fair Work Commission modern award documents should be shorter, simpler, and use more examples and less jargon. by Kirsten Robb

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Employee asked to be on-call during annual leave wins unfair dismissal case

An employee of a Victorian chicken farm has won an unfair dismissal claim against his employer after he was sacked for refusing to be on-call during his annual leave. by Kirsten Robb

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Federal Court upholds landmark Sunday penalty ruling

The Federal Court has rejected a union appeal of a Fair Work Commission decision to reduce penalty rates for Sundays under the 2010 Restaurant Industry Award. by Andrew Sadauskas

Monday, 18 August 2014

Time out for Melbourne childcare centre after underpaying staff almost $140,000

A Melbourne childcare centre has been found to have underpaid 114 of its staff almost $140,000 after an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman. by Kirsten Robb

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Senator Bob Day calls for workers to be able to “opt out” of the Fair Work system

Family First Senator Bob Day is calling for the federal government to allow young workers to “opt out” of the Fair Work Act if they want to. by Eloise Keating

Brisbane hotel puts underpayment case to bed, paying $140,000 in back-pay

A Brisbane company that owns a hotel, spa, shopping complex and several liquor stores has agreed to pay $140,000 in back-pay to 79 of its workers. by Kirsten Robb

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Gloria Jean’s franchise compensates worker sacked for querying pay

The operator of a former Gloria Jean’s coffee shop in Sydney’s Kings Cross has paid $2000 in compensation to a worker who was sacked after she queried her pay rate. by Kirsten Robb
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