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Senior IR lawyer wears costs for failed appeal

The principal of a specialist IR law firm has been ordered to indemnify the costs of a failed appeal after a court found the application "ought never to have been made" if he had heeded his statutory obligation to conduct quick and inexpensive litigation.

Supervisor allegedly wanted $50K to disappear "quietly"

The FWC has upheld the sacking of a traffic management supervisor who allegedly directed his union representative to ask for $50,000 to "go away quietly" after the employment relationship was soured by his refusal to be on-call on weekends.

Deal termination rejected despite no work

In a significant decision on the definition of an employee, the FWC has rejected a pharmaceutical manufacturer's bid to terminate its agreement after finding that the vast majority of workers laid off after a factory fire had not been invited to vote on the proposal.

"Death row" manager's late application dismissed

A manager placed on "death row" after missing sales targets has had his one-minute-late unfair dismissal application rejected despite the FWC finding he had an arguable case.

Search limitations reduce visibility of FWC decisions: Bench

A FWC full bench has thrown out the appeal of a manager who failed to block the publication of a jurisdictional dismissal decision or have her name removed from it, to avoid identity theft or damage to her job prospects.

GFB ruling paves way for pit supervisors deal

A recent FWC finding that BHP engaged in unfair bargaining practices, and subsequent tribunal-chaired negotiations, have led to Professionals Australia securing the first standalone enterprise deal for coal mining supervisors.

End of the road for Coles driver sacked for drug test failure

A full bench has overturned an extension of time, originally granted on the basis of his union's representative error, for a truck driver summarily sacked by Coles Supermarkets after testing positive for methamphetamine and cannabinoids.

Sacking justified after Facebook posts: FWC

The FWC has upheld the sacking of a finance broker who posted sexually-explicit Facebook memes, including one featuring a colleague after seeking her permission, finding a "robust" and sub-par workplace culture did not make his ousting unfair.

Employee finding "incoherent", High Court told

The multinational parent of Thorn Lighting has told the High Court that a full Federal Court's finding that two contracted truck drivers were employees despite nominally running their own businesses was "internally incoherent".

Union poses "ultimate question" to assess employment status

The CFMMEU has told the High Court that applying the multifactorial test to determine if a worker is an employee or independent contractor is a "vacuous" approach without ultimately establishing whether they are conducting their own business.