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BHP worker's buckled track fix out of line

The FWC has upheld BHP's dismissal of a track maintenance coordinator who failed to conduct the correct level of risk assessment when a section of rail bowed out on its Pilbara network, rejecting claims he had not been properly educated about the company's guidelines.



Tribunal reduces length of demotion

The NSW IRC has considered the dividing line between misconduct and performance issues in cutting short the demotion of an assistant principal accused of hugging and professing her love for students, giving gifts and laughing when one of them threw paint over a colleague.

Coalition seeks best practice models for cooperative IR

Just days after the defeat of the Morrison Government's legislation to further regulate the conduct of employee organisations and their officials, IR Minister Christian Porter has released a discussion paper on cooperative IR that seeks feedback on the role unions can play in fostering harmonious workplace relationships.

Multinational backs away from pre-job heart attack screening

Maintenance contractor SNC-Lavalin has told the ETU it will no longer insist that electricians at a CSG project undergo pre-employment blood tests to assess their risk of heart attacks, after the union sought a Federal Court injunction on the basis that it breached privacy principles governing the collection of sensitive health information.


Outbursts undermined trust and confidence, FWC rules

The FWC has backed the actions of an aviation services company that kept a security guard on standby as it sacked a long-serving administration worker with a short history of volatile outbursts.


Costs against worker who claimed s-xual harassment

The Federal Court has ordered costs against a CSIRO scientist who falsely accused colleagues of s-xual harassment and discrimination, while also fining the agency for a complaint-handling failure it sought to "trivialise".