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"Come talk like a real man", employer urges FWC applicant

The FWC has rejected an employer's claim it did not summarily dismiss an apprentice by text, describing a later email in which the teenager was told "we are holding your position open" as a "retroactive" attempt to characterise the worker as having quit.


Uni's HR director over-reacted in suspending me: Law School head

The head of La Trobe University's Law School has accused the institution's HR executive director of acting beyond her remit and taking disproportionate disciplinary action in breach of its agreement by suspending him following complaints by an IR academic and a law lecturer.

Pay rises increase gap on inflation: ABS

Annual growth in private sector rates of pay excluding bonuses has hit a four-year high for the second successive quarter, rising 2.4% to March, according to ABS data released today.




BHP cleared to make "lifestyle" roster changes

The FWC has affirmed BHP's right to introduce roster changes recognising "lifestyle arrangements" and made a call on what constitutes "significant" support for them, after the CFMMEU failed to establish that an agreement clause only allows for bottom-up instigation.

Patchy process did not deny sacked welder a fair go

An employer who failed to record a worker's serial misconduct, provide a written warning or give him an opportunity to respond nevertheless did not deny him a fair go when forcing him to resign following a brief lunch room meeting, the FWC has found.

Sacked worker not told her domestic violence history "relevant"

The FWC has reproached a childcare provider for failing to inform a worker that her past experience in a violent relationship was a "relevant" factor in its decision to dismiss her after she challenged a co-worker to a fight.