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Tribunal lauds employer's handling of safety-shy worker

The FWC has upheld the "scrupulously fair" sacking of a second-in-charge installation worker over multiple safety breaches, including some so fundamental he should not have needed training to prevent them.

107-day hiatus granted until teenage witness finishes studies

The FWC has adjourned a dismissal case for at least 107 days so that a Catholic secondary school's "critical witness", the person purportedly "most affected and/or aggrieved" by the alleged conduct of a sacked teacher, can finish his final-year exams and turn 18 before giving evidence.

Order to complete COVID-19 survey a lawful direction

The FWC has upheld a recruitment company's dismissal of a consultant who refused, as the coronavirus pandemic escalated in early March, to complete a survey about his recent history of travel to destinations with moderate to high COVID-19 risks.

Safety rep sacked for "non-event" ignored critical protocols: FWC

In a decision highlighting the importance of strictly following safety procedures, the FWC has upheld Griffin Coal's sacking of a safety representative over an incident he considered a "non-event" and an investigation team deemed minor.


"Zoned out" truckie's sacking upheld

The FWC has upheld the summary dismissal of a truck driver who failed to provide a urine sample after a three-hour wait at a medical clinic, finding he did not make a reasonable effort to fix the problem.


Nurse with hearing loss disadvantaged by rigid shift rules

NSW Health must compensate a registered nurse for lost shift penalties and refrain from rostering her on morning and night shifts after a tribunal found it indirectly discriminated against her on the basis of her hearing impairment.

Whistleblowing academic and university settle their differences

An academic who went public with concerns about international student admissions practices has dropped his adverse action claim against Murdoch University, which in turn has dropped its counter claim in a settlement hailed as a big win by the NTEU.

University begins appeal over 'intellectual freedoms' sacking

James Cook University has told a full Federal Court that academics must abide by its code of conduct when exercising intellectual freedoms, as it challenges a finding it unlawfully sacked a professor for criticising prominent climate research.