BHP Coal satisfied consultation obligations in its enterprise agreement after announcing it would shed hundreds of jobs across four central Queensland coal mines in 2014, even though it had already reached a decision to offer voluntary redundancies, the Federal Court has found.
Employers calculating redundancy payments will have to count periods of regular and systematic casual employment before workers became permanent, after a Fair Work Commission majority ruling that a dissenting member warns could retrospectively bestow other entitlements such as annual leave.
The FWC has today suppressed the names of a group of Programmed Skilled Workforce Limited labour hire workers who are seeking anti-bullying orders against picketers at Carlton & United's Abbotsford brewery in Melbourne.
The Fair Work Ombudsman's investigation into March's wildcat strike by Fairfax Media journalists has found that it is "not in the public interest" to take any further action, ending speculation that MEAA members could face heavy fines.
An employee made redundant 12 days before lodging a dispute with the FWC can challenge his redundancy after the Commission rejected the employer's jurisdictional objection that he wasn't covered by the agreement at the time.
In a rare decision to permit an appeal in a dismissal dispute, an FWC full bench has concluded that a presidential member may have wrongly discounted a reason for the late submission of the appellant's original claim.
A scientist whose seniority weighed against her in competing for internal vacancies at one of Australia's leading cancer institutes has been awarded 5.4 weeks' pay after the FWC found insufficient efforts were made at redeployment before her position was terminated.