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Rare QCAT Costs Order awarded against NMBA after refusal to settle

Rare QCAT Costs Order awarded against NMBA after refusal to settle

Our client admitted allegations of professional misconduct brought by the Nurisng and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and sought to settle the matter. The NMBA refused, with the matter going…

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The year in review: Industrial Relations in 2015

The year in review: Industrial Relations in 2015

As the year comes to an end we review the big wins from Hall Payne Lawyers, as well as key legal developments in Industrial Relations in 2015. Trade unions from…

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ABCC submissions dismissed for third time, this time by Federal Court

ABCC submissions dismissed for third time, this time by Federal Court

Less than two weeks after gaining enhanced powers, ABCC submissions have been dismissed for the third time, this time by the Full Court of the Federal Court. This decision…

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Hall Payne Lawyers scores record $1.27m compensation for adverse action claim

Hall Payne Lawyers scores record $1.27m compensation for adverse action claim

After being awarded $630k for injuries sustained at work, our client was stood down by Rio Tinto. Along with the CFMEU, we alleged they took adverse action because our client…

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CFMEU Charges Dropped as Royal Commission Case labelled a “Dog’s Breakfast”

CFMEU Charges Dropped as Royal Commission Case labelled a “Dog’s Breakfast”

Following a suite of failed allegations stemming from the Trade Union Royal Commission, two separate decisions have seen CFMEU charges dropped.

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Nursing misconduct penalty reduced amidst exceptional mitigating circumstances

Nursing misconduct penalty reduced amidst exceptional mitigating circumstances

A registered nurse who had started a relationship with a former patient admitted to allegations of professional misconduct brought by Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). The NMBA sought…

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CFMEU public interest role praised as Court finds against Rio Tinto

CFMEU public interest role praised as Court finds against Rio Tinto

The Federal Court has found in favour of six workers who were denied access to their personal leave entitlements while working at the Hail Creek Mine, run by Rio Tinto. Supported…

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CFMEU records another win as Fair Work Building Inspectorate Notice to Produce labelled “Woefully Deficient”

CFMEU records another win as Fair Work Building Inspectorate Notice to Produce labelled “Woefully Deficient”

The Federal Court has again criticised the Fair Work Building Inspectorate, this time for issuing the CFMEU with a Notice to Produce Documents that was “woefully deficient”, and therefore invalid….

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Nurse to patient ratio becomes law in Queensland

Nurse to patient ratio becomes law in Queensland

A Nurse to Patient ratio has just been legislated across Queensland, strengthening patient safety & enhancing high quality health services across the State. The Palaszczuk government has delivered on an…

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Full Federal Court Slams Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate in another CFMEU win

Full Federal Court Slams Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate in another CFMEU win

The CFMEU win again, as the Full Federal Court dismisses “inappropriate” proceedings from the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate, labelling their approach as “misconceived” & “unhelpful.” In a joint decision,…

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Trade Union Royal Commission Police Taskforce drop all charges against CFMEU organiser

Trade Union Royal Commission Police Taskforce drop all charges against CFMEU organiser

The Queensland police have dropped all charges against CFMEU organiser Justin Steele in the fifth instance of failed charges by the Police Taskforce. In May of last year a developer…

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ETU Protected Action Ballot approved despite opposition from NECA

ETU Protected Action Ballot approved despite opposition from NECA

The ETU has successfully obtained three protected action ballot orders despite opposition from NECA, the peak body for employers in the electrical contracting industry. The Communications, Electrical, Electronic, Energy, Information,…

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