Explosives and chemicals giant Orica Australia validly dismissed a shot-firer who tampered with blast recording equipment in breach of its contractual and statutory environmental obligations, the Fair Work Commission has found.
Employer-clientele IR practices in Australian law firms are set for a shake-up, with US firm Seyfarth Shaw about to open offices in Sydney and Melbourne staffed by eight partners from Herbert Smith Freehills, Ashurst and Arnold Bloch Leibler.
The Fair Work Commission has emphasised that women have the right to "give birth to children without foreclosing their employment", in finding that an employer constructively dismissed a female employee when it unreasonably refused her request to work part-time after the birth of her second child.
Victorian construction unions stick with Cbus; Slipper to face court over unpaid legal fees; Law Reform Commission to inquire into reducing legal barriers for disabled; Productivity up and labour costs down, as working hours fall; Single sector accounts for most days lost to industrial action.
High Court rejects union challenge to Queensland IR changes; Queensland unions unite in bias claim against full bench; Newman Government ameliorates Queensland IRC "workload pressures"; and Tribunal orders football peak body to make full redundancy payout.
The Fair Work Commission is preparing for some 3,500 bullying-related applications annually under the federal government's IR bill passed by the House of Representative yesterday, while the Law Council of Australia has warned there is "real potential" for employees to use the bullying provisions to bring "unfair dismissal type proceedings".
The federal government's Fair Work Amendment Bill 2013 is through the House of Representatives with its right of entry provisions intact but with its bullying provisions delayed by six months and no expanded arbitration for greenfields bargaining or intractable disputes.
In the second ruling in six months in which FWC has upheld the dismissal of a driver for using a mobile phone while in control of a bus full of passengers, Deputy President Anna Booth has again emphasised the seriousness of the breaches of both company policy and the road rules.