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FWC shoots down COVID-19 "one employer policy"

The FWC has shot down an aged care home's "one employer policy" introduced in the chaotic early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, ordering it to re-engage a part-time musical therapist jettisoned after she continued to work at three other facilities.

Iraqi consulate took unlawful adverse action: Court

Iraq's Sydney consulate took unlawful adverse action when it refused to renew the contracts of two locally-engaged interpreters who complained to the FWC about bullying and enquired with the FWO about non-payment of entitlements, a court has found.

Scientist's redundancy a sad case of economic rationalism: Judge

A judge has taken an unsparing swipe at "economically rationalist management policy" in considering an eminent CSIRO scientist's challenge to his redundancy, bemoaning a selection process based on candidates' capacity for "external revenue generation".

BHP Coal slugged after "taking the odds" on overtime breach

A judge has in imposing penalties on BMA factored in that management overseeing one of its a coal-loading facilities "took the odds" after being warned they were breaching its agreement by requiring workers to perform 455 overtime hours a year.

HR process undermined "very strong" sacking case: FWC

A mining company must reinstate a summarily sacked coal mine worker and reimburse six months' lost income after its hasty and "inadequate" HR disciplinary process "effectively turned a very strong case with a valid reason to one with little or no procedural fairness".

FWC upholds sacking of worker for punch after Yakuza claims

The FWC has upheld the dismissal of a student visa holder who punched a co-worker in the face after accusing him of saying "a lot of bad things" about a colleague she claimed was regularly being sexually assaulted by local Japanese gangsters.


Tribunal delays union contest over Qantas pilots

The FWC has decided to stay elements of an AFAP rule change decision that enables it to compete with AIPA to represent all Qantas mainline pilots, unless it gives an undertaking today that it won't encourage them to join until the determination of an appeal.

Woolworths slips own no-cost option into class action notice

Woolworths has succeeded in having reference to its own no-cost alternative inserted into an opt-out notice to be sent by law firm Adero to current and prospective class action members claiming underpayments estimated in the hundreds of millions.

FWC bench within rights to halt reinstatement: Full court

A 64-year-old BlueScope worker sacked for mishandling a 13-tonne coil has failed to win his job back, after a full Federal Court majority found a FWC bench did not go beyond its powers to halt his reinstatement.