Australian Aged Care Group Pty Ltd is being examined via an s.372 (application to deal with other contravention disputes) filed by an ex-employee (Pitts). The matter will be heard by Fair Work Deputy President Gostencnik in Court 3 in Melbourne.

UnitingCare Wesley Adelaide Inc is today defending an s.394 (application for unfair dismissal remedy) lodged by a disaffected ex-staffer (Ha). The dispute will be heard by Fair Work Deputy President Bartel in Conference Room 6a – Level 6 in Adelaide.

Relatives of people in aged care facilities say they are being intimidated and bullied by staff when they complain about the treatment of their family members. Some have said they are being told not to take photographs of their parents inside the homes, while others say they have been yelled at and even physically manhandled by staff when they visit. A consumer advocate group says the problem is widespread across the sector and could point to wider problems.

A dirty kitchen appliance used to blend and puree food has been blamed as the source of a salmonella outbreak at the Burnside War Memorial Hospital in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs.

The Fair Work Commission has approved the UNITINGCARE HEALTH ALLIED HEALTH ENTERPRISE AGREEMENT – 2015-2018.

Healthscope Operations Pty Ltd T/A Healthscope has had its HEALTHSCOPE – VICTORIA – HEALTH PROFESSIONALS – ENTERPRISE AGREEMENT 2015-2019 approved by Fair Work Deputy President Hamilton in Melbourne on 16 September.

TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT – extension of time – ss.394, 400, 604 Fair Work Act 2009 – permission to appeal – Full Bench – application for permission to appeal – at first instance Commission refused extension of time to lodge application for unfair dismissal remedy and dismissed application – appellant contended that Commission did not properly consider all exceptional circumstances that attended dismissal – Full Bench not satisfied Commission made errors of fact alleged in notice of appeal – COmmission properly took into account and gave due consideration to all matters raised by appellant – not satisfied it would be in the public interest to grant permission to appeal – permission to appeal refused. Appeal by Ann Robertson against decision of Watson SDP of 17 June 2015 [[2015] FWC 3973] Re: Peninsula Health t/a Frankston Hospital.

The Health Services Union is poised to rejoin the Labor Party in NSW, a move that could bolster the waning power of Bill Shorten’s right-wing faction but also embarrass the Labor leader ahead of a federal election. After four years in political exile, the leader of the HSU’s NSW branch will push to re-affiliate with Labor as early as December. NSW is the HSU’s biggest branch.