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September 2019

"Historical Racism" Claim Dismissed

11/09/2019 , by Leigh Johnston

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has declined to hear an Aboriginal truck driver's late application claiming he was sacked because of his...

Pregnant Woman Denied Bartending Job Because It Was “a Bad Look” Awarded $40,000

10/09/2019 , by Leigh Johnson

A bottle shop attendant told by her manager that she would not be able to work in a bar while pregnant because it was "a bad look" has...

$180k Fine for Accident That Left Student with Broken Spine ‘Not Enough’ Says WHS Boss

10/09/2019 , by Nicholas Hartman

The ACT’s work safety chief says a $180,000 penalty is not enough, as a Canberra developer was fined after a 16-year-old school...

Clean Up Your Act: FWO Condemns Sham Contracting in the Cleaning Industry

09/09/2019 , by Leigh Johnston

News that the Fair Work Ombudsman is cracking down on sham contracting has shone a spotlight on the practice. It’s an important test...

Backpacker Paid $15 p/h Calls Police After Employer Withheld Passport

06/09/2019 , by Nicholas Hartman

A backpacker has accused the owner of a Sunshine Coast tourist attraction of worker exploitation, after revealing that he was paid $15...

HR manager made ‘redundant’ after refusing to hire GM’s daughter

06/09/2019 , by Leigh Johnston

A HR manager is accusing her former employer of making her redundant in vengeance for complaints about possible Modern Award breaches...