NEWS-HR

Nardy House has irritated a staffer (Perry) into lodging an s.739 (application to deal with a dispute) with the Fair Work Commission in Sydney.

Former union boss Craig Thomson is facing financial penalties after the Federal Court ruled he did pay for escorts and political campaign activities with Health Services Union money. The Fair Work Commission sued Thomson, seeking penalties and for compensation to be paid to the HSU, for transactions he charged to the union between 2003 and 2007. Justice Christopher Jessup has found Thomson did improperly use HSU money during his time as secretary. Thomson did not defend against the workplace relations tribunal’s claim.

An application by Netherlands Australian Aged Services Association Inc is being reviewed by Commissioner Hampton in Adelaide.

Spotless Management Services Pty Ltd must now deal with an unfair dismissal claim from an ex-employee (Simonovic).

An application for approval of the Aged Care Plus Enterprise Agreement 2015 is before Fair Work Commissioner Cambridge in Sydney.

St Vincent De Paul Society (NSW) is facing an s.394 (application for unfair dismissal remedy) from an ex-employee (Leang).

The Fair Work Commission sued Thomson, seeking penalties and for compensation for the HSU, for transactions charged to the union in 2003-07. Justice Christopher Jessup found Thomson improperly used HSU money for his own benefit while secretary. Thomson did not defend himself against the workplace relations tribunal’s claim. In March, he left the court and did not return after Justice Jessup dismissed his application to have the matter thrown out on the grounds he was mentally unfit. The Federal Court judge found spending on escorts in April-June 2005 and September 2006 breached the Workplace Relations Act. Thomson instructed staff to record some of it as “meeting expenses”. The judge said Thomson’s use of a union employee for his 2007 election campaign was “the clearest of improprieties”, as was his use of a union credit card on campaign expenses. The judge will consider penalties on November 9.

Anglican Retirement Villages is garnering legal resources to repel an s.273 (application to deal with other contravention disputes) from an ex-employee (Cheney).