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Insistent on-hire worker reasonably refused Coles shifts: FWC

The FWC has rejected an on-hire warehouse worker's unfair dismissal case after weighing evidence that he hectored his supervisors so much about returning after an accident that he was put on client Coles' "do not hire" list.

Senior tribunal member tiptoes through JobKeeper minefield

The FWC has refused to express a view on whether an NRMA-owned cruise operator should be able to withhold JobKeeper payments for a fortnight in which it provided more than $1500 in back pay due under a newly-approved deal.

Missing dismissal email an "unexplained vagary of cyberspace": FWC

The FWC has reinforced the importance of dismissals being communicated face to face after finding that a worker's claim she never received an emailed termination letter had to be put down to an "unexplained vagary of cyberspace".

Unions' petition of offshore workers not "rigged": FWC

Granting unions a majority support determination for a highly casualised group of maintenance workers on offshore oil and gas facilities, the FWC has rejected an employer's claim they sought to "rig" the outcome by cherry-picking the best time to circulate a petition.

Costs a matter of interpretation: Court

A labour hire company has failed to win costs against an unrepresented worker who pursued his unfair dismissal claim through four adverse findings in the FWC and Federal Court, a judge ruling that the employer didn't help its cause by declining to provide an interpreter and by filing confusing and irrelevant material.

Worker weaponises employer's adverse action response

The FWC has rejected a company's objections and given the go-ahead for a worker who settled a general protections claim to use its response in that matter to run an underpayments case in the South Australian Employment Tribunal.

Worker seeking to maintain JobKeeper cleared to challenge sacking

A casual waitress who filed an unfair sacking claim almost 50 days after her employer sent her a dismissal letter and removed her from JobKeeper does not need an extension as she was unaware of the development, the FWC has held.