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FWC enables cost-saving restructure at Bluescope steelworks

Faced with the threat of the closure of Bluescope Steel's Port Kembla steelmaking operation unless significant operational savings can be made, the Fair Work Commission has allowed the company to require maintenance staff to operate machines without any change in pay rates.


FWC upholds sacking of worker after 20-beer binge

A welder's claims that he was "fine" after bingeing on 20 cans of full-strength beer over 12 hours on Australia Day before facing a random breath test at work has failed to impress FWC member Danny Cloghan, who says it "would be greeted with that very Australian saying relating to animal manure".

Injured Qantas baggage handler's sacking harsh, says FWC

Despite being lawfully sacked for his inability to return to pre-injury duties, a Qantas baggage handler will be compensated after the FWC found steps leading to the decision were inadequate, confusing and lacked procedural fairness.

Pre-trial deficiencies "commonplace" in adverse action claims: Judge

The Federal Court has rejected a major external service provider's bid for costs stemming from a failed adverse action and breach of contract claim, in a ruling that canvasses the "commonplace" difficulties parties can face when preparing for trial.


Facebook "defriending" and "schoolgirl" taunt contributed to bullying, FWC finds

A real estate agency's last-minute implementation of a new anti-bullying policy wasn't enough to stop the FWC from ordering it to cease bullying a property consultant that its sales administrator deleted as a Facebook friend after likening her to a "naughty little schoolgirl running to the teacher".

Lecturer fails to add four academics to discrimination claim

A legally-qualified former lecturer who claims she was psychologically-injured by alleged sex and pregnancy discrimination at a sandstone university has failed in a bid to join four academics as respondents to her case.


Full court backs disability payments

A full bench of the federal court has confirmed that terms in modern awards that provide allowances for hardships experienced by employees working in certain remote locations are not extinguished by the Fair Work Act.