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Historic win for contract workers employed by Spotless

Historic win for contract workers employed by Spotless

In a significant win for contract workers, the Federal Court recently found that Berkeley Challenge Pty Ltd, a part of the Spotless Group, contravened sections 117 and 119 (and therefore…

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Rio Tinto fined again for breach of Hail Creek enterprise agreement

Rio Tinto fined again for breach of Hail Creek enterprise agreement

The Federal Court recently found that Hail Creek Coal Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Rio Tinto, contravened its enterprise agreement, and therefore section 50 of the Fair Work Act 2009…

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Important decision handed down by Queensland Industrial Relations Commission

Important decision handed down by Queensland Industrial Relations Commission

On 21 February 2018 the Full Bench of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission handed down its decision in Electrical Trades Union and ors v Brisbane City Council. The case was…

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Hall Payne wins ‘rare’ reinstatement for unfairly dismissed worker with 37 years’ service

Hall Payne wins ‘rare’ reinstatement for unfairly dismissed worker with 37 years’ service

Our client, Peter Brain, started working at Hobart Zinc Smelter now operated by Nyrstar when he was 20 years old. For over 37 years he worked hard in various roles, with…

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Medical appointments at the request of your employer: your rights and obligations

Medical appointments at the request of your employer: your rights and obligations

Do I need to attend a medical appointment organised by my employer? Employers will usually ask an employee to undergo a medical examination when: The employee has had a work…

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Hall Payne helps deliver a stinging defeat to the Registered Organisations Commission

Hall Payne helps deliver a stinging defeat to the Registered Organisations Commission

A recent ruling by the Fair Work Commission’s full bench has seen the Registered Organisation Commission (ROC) given a stinging rebuke and quashed its’ refusal to grant the Queensland Together…

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Hall Payne Lawyers Restores Ambo’s Reputation And Job

Hall Payne Lawyers Restores Ambo’s Reputation And Job

For over 20 years our client dedicated his working life to helping people as an advanced care paramedic, and had been commended for his service. In one vile smear his…

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Violence in the workplace

Violence in the workplace

It is a cruel reality that those people whose job it is to help others, are most often the victims of violence in the workplace. Most frontline ambulance and hospital…

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Fair Work Commission condemns Glencore for unfair and capricious conduct during protected industrial action

Fair Work Commission condemns Glencore for unfair and capricious conduct during protected industrial action

The Fair Work Commission has condemned Glencore for unfair or capricious conduct that is undermining the collective bargaining process and the freedom of association of employees. Deputy President Asbury noted…

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Industrial Manslaughter – No One Is AboveThe Law

Industrial Manslaughter – No One Is Above The Law

In a significant win for good sense and workers’ protections, Queensland now has Industrial Manslaughter laws.

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QIRC: Brisbane City Council can’t act unilaterally and determine who isn’t part of negotiations

QIRC: Brisbane City Council can’t act unilaterally and determine who isn’t part of negotiations

Hall Payne Lawyers along with the ETU, CFMEU, and AMWU representing workers at Brisbane City Council have successfully stopped Brisbane City Council from acting unilaterally from putting an agreement out…

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Supreme Court upholds peaceful assembly in support of enterprise bargaining campaign

Supreme Court upholds peaceful assembly in support of enterprise bargaining campaign

In a test of Queensland’s laws around peaceful assemblies, Queensland’s Supreme Court has rejected an attempt by Glencore to stop Union members exercising their democratic and industrial rights. The CFMEU…

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