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FWC upholds sacking for uranium mine safety breach

The FWC has accepted that BHP Billiton's sacking of a worker who raised his safety visor to get a better look at an exploding smelter at a uranium mine was justified but harsh, stopping short of reinstatement, though, because of the company's "rational" loss of trust and confidence in him.

Another shot for worker who disobeyed armed hold-up protocol

An FWC full bench has quashed a ruling that upheld Woolworths' sacking of a petrol station employee for failing to follow its armed hold-up protocol when he refused to hand over money and cigarettes to an unarmed but "difficult" customer.

Employer took adverse action against worker it shunted: Court

A court has found that a rail freight company took adverse action against a train driver when it derailed his progress towards a more lucrative role after he refused to alter a shift, citing primary carer responsibilities and fatigue.


Alleged bullying was reasonable management action

The FWC has thrown out an aged care worker's anti-bullying claim, finding her employer had taken reasonable management action and carried it out in a reasonable manner, while she was the one with a pattern of inappropriate conduct.

Sacked Woolworths worker denied legal representation

A warehouse team leader must match wits with Woolworths' in-house HR/IR managers over his unfair dismissal claim after the FWC refused to allow either party legal representation for what it determined was a matter "not complex enough" to involve lawyers or paid agents.

Big pay cut for CBA head of HR after axing of bonuses

CBA HR chief Melanie Laing has suffered a 52% pay cut following a decision by the company's board to cut to zero the short-term incentive payments for group executives, while a superannuation review has revealed about $16.7 million in underpayments to 36,000 current and former bank employees.

FWC extends time for worker hit twice by representative error

A Tiger Airways employee who claims he was sacked partly because of his age and his response to threats from the airline's chief pilot has won an extension of time to lodge a general protections claim because his legal representative wrongly made an unfair dismissal application.

Conditional permit for organiser involved in safety strike

An AMWU organiser penalised this year for his role in a strike over alleged safety issues looks set to win a new entry permit, on the condition that he undergo training on the interaction of IR and OHS statutes and when it is lawful to stop work.

Worker clears "high hurdle" for late dismissal claim

The FWC has found that a combination of three factors, including a "significant" mental illness, justified extending time for an unfair dismissal claim lodged 164 days late by a former Woolworths worker.