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No costs against law firm accused of having "heads in sand"

A large employer has failed to win costs against a law firm it accused of burying "their heads in the sand" over the integrity of a client whose claims of mistakenly altering the expiry date on a key qualification fell apart under scrutiny by the FWC.

Key question over amended contract not answered: Bench

For the second time in a month a FWC full bench has turned its mind to the fundamental question of the point at which a worker has been dismissed, overturning a decision that did not properly consider a disputed contract.


FEG entitlement not dependent on employer's contributions: AAT

The AAT has accused the Attorney-General's Department of "studied ambiguity" in finding it mistakenly denied a worker up to $23,600 under the FEG scheme because his insolvent employer neglected to contribute to an industry entitlements fund.

Employer can re-investigate rejected complaint: FWC

The FWC has "reluctantly" held that Airservices Australia's agreement does not prevent it from investigating the alleged out-of-hours touching of a worker's breast in a rideshare, despite dealing with it "to finality" four years ago.

Westpac sacked me because I was 67, claims manager

A Westpac manager accused of directing s-xual comments and inappropriate GIFs to female colleagues in online team meetings claims in an adverse action case that his sacking was in fact motivated by his own complaints of age discrimination, bullying and overwork.

Rossato ruling decimates casuals class actions

Further casuals class actions are set to drop away as a result of the High Court's finding in Rossato that contracts are decisive in determining employment status, but Adero Law says it will continue to press other cases involving the black coal mining award.

Time's up for zombie deals: FWC

The FWC has warned employers that the "clock is ticking" for Work Choices "zombie" agreements in rebuffing a large employer's bid to keep a 2008 flat-rate deal operating until May or June, coinciding with the 10-year anniversary of its nominal expiry.


No silver lining for unvaxxed worker

The FWC has declined to extend time for an unvaccinated worker who claimed he lodged his claim late because of the theft of 45 one-kilogram silver bars from his home, while it has upheld a nursing home's sacking of a maintenance manager who failed to comply with a State Government inoculation mandate.