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Bullying down in NSW public sector: Report

Bullying complaints by NSW public sector employees appear to be falling from an "unacceptably high" level, along with associated compensation claims, while the government is in the final stages of developing an anti-bullying "dashboard", according to a new report from the state's Public Service Commission.

Australia Post vicariously liable after failing to uphold its "exemplary" standards

A court has found Australia Post vicariously responsible for the actions of a supervisor because it failed to enforce its "exemplary" anti-discrimination policies after complaints that he racially abused a delivery driver, calling him a "f---ing black bastard" and telling him to go back to where he came from.

ER chief's adverse action bid fails

The Federal Court has rejected an employee relations specialist's claim that her employer took unlawful adverse action when it sacked her for taking sick leave after she suffered a mental breakdown and made allegations of sexual harassment.

Butt out, smoking ban is reasonable, says FWC

A ban on smoking in the workplace has survived a union challenge after the Fair Work Commission found the policy reasonable because the employer had taken steps to consult with employees and offered support to help them quit.



FWC responds to "concerted" targeting of employee

The FWC has reversed disciplinary action against an employee, accepting the CFMEU's argument that her employer unfairly targeted her over work performance issues.


Bullying risk continuing for DP World trio: FWC

Three DP World stevedoring employees exposed to prolonged bullying by workmates and fellow MUA members face a real risk of the conduct continuing on their return to work because a "system of authority and control" remains in place at a Melbourne container terminal "which stands apart from" the company.

Supervisor sacked over "indecent search" complaint gets job back

The FWC has ordered Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital to reinstate a security supervisor it sacked after an external investigation found his complaint about indecent touching of a psychiatric patient was falsely made to bully or harass a colleague.