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FWC's reasons for upholding sacking to remain a mystery

The FWC has upheld the sacking of a Westpac manager who only learned of the reason for her summary dismissal after the tribunal issued confidentiality orders restricting its own ability to publish details of the case.

Tribunal won't swallow marijuana cookies claim

The FWC has refused to accept a worker's claim that he tested almost 20 times over the limit for the psychoactive compound THC because he unknowingly ingested up to three marijuana cookies from a plate of food taken home from a 40th birthday party.

Qantas mask mandate lawful and reasonable: FWC

The FWC has found that Qantas did not constructively dismiss a cabin crew member when it insisted, despite a doctor's advice to exempt her, that she wear a face mask or shield ahead of them being required under public health directives.

Further Respect@Work changes unlikely before election: Opposition

The Attorney-General's Department will open a consultation process in December on six of the outstanding recommendations in Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins' landmark Respect@Work report, but the Opposition says the timeline leaves no room for legislation ahead of the federal election, expected by May.

Comcare concludes Boyce investigation

Comcare's chief executive has told a Senate Estimates hearing that her organisation has completed its investigation of FWC member Gerard Boyce's alleged use of fireworks at a tribunal after-hours function.

Court full bench repels third-party suppression bid

A full Federal Court has knocked back a Transport for NSW bid to prevent disclosure of tender documents and other evidence in the RTBU's challenge to an FWC finding that a privatised Sydney bus service is a genuine new enterprise that can be covered by a greenfields agreement.

OHS agencies differ on safety of attending Parliamentary hearing

In a development that highlights the difficulties employers might face in identifying and managing COVID-19 workplace risks, the Federal Government's two lead agencies on OHS - Safe Work Australia and Comcare - reached different conclusions on whether they could safely appear before a Senate Estimates hearing in Parliament House last night.

No recusal in vax refusal case

A lawyer running workers' challenges to mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations has failed to convince a senior FWC member to recuse himself after forming part of a full bench majority that upheld the sacking of an aged care receptionist for refusing a flu shot.

Sacked union official sues over alleged gambling discrimination

A former ETU official is suing over his expulsion from the union for credit card misuse and refusing to apologise for an alleged assault, claiming discrimination on the basis of his gambling addiction and that the matters had already been finalised under the branch's previous leadership.