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Unfair dismissal round-up: Compensation for worker sacked for remark made in jest; & more

Unfair to sack supervisor for remark made in jest; FWC grants legal representation for case to be heard on "less emotive" basis; Employer's appeal against domestic violence sacking rejected by full bench; High-earning BHPB "number two" not protected from unfair dismissal; HR business partner's $138,000 salary exceeds high income threshold; Tribunal rejects sacked worker's bid for reimbursement of counselling costs; Ranger dismissed because contract ran out, not whistleblowing; and FWC "draws the line" on "meandering" unfair dismissal claim.






Train driver sacked for safety breaches gets job back

Pacific National has been ordered to reinstate a train driver, after the FWC uncovered flaws in its investigation before it sacked him for speeding and leaving his co-driver behind while she took a trackside toilet break.

Unfair dismissal round-up: Morning sickness justifies extending time; and more

Morning sickness justifies extending time; Legal representation granted in drug test dismissal case; Constructive dismissal by phone justified after vehicle log book failure; Refusal to accept a large settlement not unreasonable, says FWC; and "Informal chat" insufficient consultation for horse trainer redundancy.

BlueScope says cost savings secure steelworks' future

BlueScope Steel says that steelmaking will continue in Port Kembla after "game-changing" cost savings of $200 million a year negotiated with employees, unions and the NSW Government.

Labor backs ChAFTA after securing amendments

Federal Labor says it is ready to support the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement after securing "legally binding safeguards" requiring labour market testing, use of enterprise agreements as a reference point for 457 visa workers' salaries and a 90-day deadline on obtaining occupational or trades licences.