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Partner's "crisis" sufficient reason for late claim: FWC

Building on previous decisions taking a worker's mental health into account when allowing late unfair dismissal applications to proceed, the FWC has granted a time extension to a seed picker ensnared in her partner's breakdown.

"Bar table assertions" not enough to refute strike challenge

The FWC has for the second time this month stressed that unions cannot leave any room for ambiguity when notifying employers of protected industrial action, pulling the pin on a strike by helicopter maintenance engineers working in the north-west.

FWC cautions sacked unvaxxed worker after "dirty deeds" accusation

A senior FWC member has laid out the tribunal's arsenal for dealing with those who try to coerce or engage in disorderly or vexatious conduct after a worker accused his employer's lawyer of perjury, deception and having unclean hands in connection with "dirty deeds for the dark overlords".

Four-member bench rules on driver's out-of-hours conduct

A four-member FWC full bench has overturned the reinstatement of a long-serving train driver sacked after he divulged he faced criminal charges for high-range drink driving, ruling that a presidential member failed to properly consider the connection between his out-of-hours conduct and his safety-critical job.

Unvaxxed Telstra workers launch class action

As Telstra becomes the latest to face a class action on behalf of employees refusing to comply with COVID-19 vaccination policies, more than a 100 mainly healthcare, education and construction workers are discontinuing their challenge to Victoria's vaccine mandate.

Mining union leader rejects ROC's credit card misuse allegations

CFMMEU mining and energy division Queensland district president Stephen Smyth has denied allegations that he misused his union credit card, maintaining that he repaid some items while others were legitimate work-related expenses.

No guarantee of gold in mine deal: AWU

Workers employed by a major West Australian gold miner have overwhelmingly endorsed a new four-year enterprise deal despite the AWU opposing it because it fails to guarantee annual pay increases.

Ex-cop gets to argue force discriminated against him

A full Federal Court has cleared the way for a police officer injured while on duty to argue the NSW police commissioner acted in a discriminatory manner in demoting then medically discharging him.

State tribunal can consider police officer's dismissal: High Court

In an important ruling on the NSW IRC's jurisdictional powers, the High Court has found that a since-repealed provision did not prevent the State tribunal considering a police officer's unfair dismissal case that challenged his forced retirement on medical grounds.

Professor reinstated after "consensual" tryst with student

A university professor who won reinstatement after being sacked for being "s-xually intimate" with a student during a naked swim has failed to have his and his employer's names removed from the FWC's published decision, despite his concerns the case will attract extra publicity because he is a namesake of the Australian Prime Minister.