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Chief executive's message - welcome back to work

If, like me, you’ve not long returned from your summer break – welcome back. I hope all our readers had a Merry Christmas and a relaxing holiday period. This year, I’m looking forward to working more closely with our clients and key stakeholders...

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New Building Code announced

Federal Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten has announced a new Code for Commonwealth funded building and construction work across AustraliaIn announcing the new Code, Minister Shorten said it would “cut red tape by allowing building contractors and...

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New program in SA to reduce exploitation of 457 visa workers

FWBC’s South Australian office has launched a pilot program aimed at reducing exploitation of overseas workers, particularly those on 457 visas. FWBC is working in conjunction with the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship...

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Up to 13 per cent of independent contractors misclassified - Independent research report

FWBC Chief Executive Leigh Johns has released a research report which paints a clearer picture of the prevalence of sham contracting in the construction industry.“Views on the level of sham contracting in the industry vary considerably and, until now, there...

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FWBC alleges CFMEU WA Secretary coerced building company not to host FWBC presentation

FWBC has filed proceedings in the Federal Court, alleging that the CFMEU and its WA Secretary Mick Buchan threatened a building company with “serious repercussions” if it went ahead with plans to host an FWBC presentation for workers.The company, Polyseal...

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Update on CFMEU-Grocon dispute proceedings in Vic

Most people in the building and construction industry will recall the unsettling images of the industrial dispute between the CFMEU and Grocon in late August and early September last year.Alleged misconduct by the union and some of its leaders took place at several...

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Penalties for breaches of workplace relations law rise by 54.5 per cent

As of 28 December 2012, the maximum penalties for breaches of workplace relations laws, such as taking industrial action before the nominal expiry date of an enterprise agreement, coercion and right of entry breaches, will increase from $6600 to $10,200 for an...

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Happy new year for construction workers - $80,000 in recent recoveries

Fair Work Building Industry Inspectors have been busy over the Christmas and New Year period, recovering $80,000 in unpaid wages and entitlements for Australian construction workers in the past six weeks alone.The recent recoveries include our first results in...

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Serious penalties for misleading FWBC

There are monetary penalties under the Fair Work Act 2009 (FW Act) for failing to comply with a Fair Work Building Industry Inspector’s requirements, such as refusing to produce records or documents in response to a written notice. It can also be a criminal...

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New FWBC guidance notes to promote openness

FWBC has released two new guidance notes designed to give the building industry further clarity on the agency’s decision making processes.Guidance Note 3 – setting out a policy for non-litigation outcomes – and Guidance Note 4 – detailing...

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