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Large employer could have done better: FWC

An Orica labour supplier's redundancy method, in which it surprised a full-time employee during downsizing by handing him a letter confirming the "successful completion" of his role, has rendered the dismissal unfair.

GM wins penalties after "vengeful" denial of entitlements

The former "right-hand" man to a Gold Coast tobacco mogul who styles himself as "the candyman" has won $90,000 in penalties and 10% of his costs for an adverse action case he won two years ago in which a court found the employer "fabricated" a reason to dismiss him.

Undertakings soar over genuine agreement hurdle: FWC

In a decision affirming the FWC's expanded ability to use undertakings to approve agreements, a controversial non-union power industry deal made with a handful of employees has been rubber-stamped despite concerns about how it was explained to those it covers.

Make warnings more specific, FWC tells employer

The FWC has upheld Victoria Police's sacking of an OHS practitioner who, on receiving a proposed final warning, "let fly" against claims that she made unwanted advances towards a colleague and defied a direction not to contact her about it.

Employer's failed appeal denies worker extra $5000

An FWC full bench has upheld a dismissal payout to a manager who falsified a medical certificate in order to attend a job interview, while rejecting a bid by the employer to recalculate the figure that would ultimately have seen her receiving $5000 more.


Sacked airline employee not persecuted over s-xuality: FWC

The FWC on re-hearing a Chinese airline employee's unfair dismissal case has rejected claims that his supervisor persecuted him because of his homos-xuality, instead finding his blatant dishonesty to be a further valid reason for his sacking.


Accused "malingerer" awarded $880K for unlawful sacking

An employer and four company directors have been ordered to pay a former manager almost $900,000 after a court found he was unlawfully dismissed in response to requested pay rises, despite working restricted hours following a car accident.

"Lost opportunity" to explain terms sinks labour hire deal

In a decision emphasising the "reasonable steps" employers must take in explaining proposed agreements to workers, the FWC has refused to approve a large labour hire company's deal after a "lost opportunity" to clarify its terms and its failure to present sufficient detail about information sessions.