The following item is of interest to employers:

The Federal Court has penalised an employer a total of $35,500 for:

  • refusing to employ an employee after the expiration of his fixed term employment contract and determining that the employee failed his performance review, because he had made complaints and inquiries in relation to his employment; and
  • rejecting his nomination as a safety and health committee representative, because he engaged in industrial activity by representing or advancing the views, claims or interests of the CFMEU.

CFMEU v Pilbara Iron Company (Services) Pty Ltd (No. 4) [2012] FCA 894