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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.

Federal Court confirms limits on motel sex case

In an important decision concerning injuries sustained by an employee while working, the Federal Court has rejected an employer's push to expand the application of the High Court's infamous "motel sex" decision.


PPL changes will increase complexity and cost for employers: ACCI

Employers are likely to maintain their own paid parental leave schemes even if the Abbott Government's proposed Bill to prevent so-called parent "double-dipping" into government and employer-funded schemes becomes law, according to a key employer group.