NSW energy company accepts FWA ruling on urine drug testing

Reported by Haydee | 07 Sep, 2012

A state-owned energy company has decided not to appeal a Fair Work Australia decision against urine testing for drug use. A report from ninemsn says that the NSW energy company has advised their staff that they are welcoming the ruling and will not lodge further appeals. The company will instead utilise saliva-based testing. United Services …

NSW state-owned company loses bid to conduct urine drug testing

Reported by Haydee | 16 Aug, 2012

Fair Work Australia upheld its decision prohibiting a state-owned company from conducting urine tests on its workers. SafetyCulture reported in April that the state-owned energy company appealed on Fair Work Australia’s ruling stating that conducting urine drug tests would be “unjust and unreasonable” because these tests could provide positive results from drug use days earlier. …

Transport company faces FWA for spying on injured worker

Reported by Haydee | 03 Jul, 2012

A transport and logistics company is facing unfair dismissal charges after allegedly spying on staff who take leave to recover from workplace injuries. The case was taken to the national workplace relations tribunals by one of its workers who said she was dismissed unfairly after private investigators hired by the company followed here in February …

FWA favours airline’s stand on pre-flight safety checks

Reported by Haydee | 18 Jun, 2012

Fair Work Australia has upheld an airline’s decision to stop aircraft engineers from conducting maintenance checks on newer aircraft before takeoff. ABC News reported on Friday that the Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association accused the airline of endangering the public by cutting back on safety checks before flights. The union ignored the airline’s instruction and …

NSW company appealed against urine drug test prohibition

Reported by Haydee | 17 Apr, 2012

A state-owned electricity company has appealed to Fair Work Australia on its ruling stating that conducting urine tests would be “unjust and unreasonable” because these tests could provide positive results from drug use days earlier. Fair Work Australia senior deputy president, Jonathan Hamberger, ruled that the company should instead utilise oral swabs in their drug …

Train drivers, prison guards and firefighters oppose urine drug tests

Reported by Haydee | 02 Apr, 2012

Prison guards, firefighters and train drivers are appealing to the state government not to force them to submit to urine tests after the Fair Work Australia decision last week decided that the practice was “unjust and unreasonable.” According to a Herald report, Fair Work Australia ruled that urine tests should not be done to employees …

Fair Work Australia: No to urine drug testing

Reported by Haydee | 29 Mar, 2012

Workers at a New South Wales company will not be required to submit urine sample for drug test, after Fair Work Australia ruled that making employees submit to urine tests for drug use is “unjust and unreasonable.” ABC News reports that the arbitrator ruled in favour of unions who represented workers from the state-owned energy …