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FEG allocations reduced, as businesses stay afloat

The Morrison Government has cut back funding for the Fair Entitlements Guarantee in the 2021-22 Federal Budget, but still expects an increase in claims as COVID-19 support for business is wound back and more employers go into liquidation.

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.

New chief commissioner for WA IRC

The McGowan Government has appointed long-serving WA IRC senior member Stephen Kenner as the tribunal's Chief Commissioner, with Perth-based barrister Rachel Cosentino to replace him as Senior Commissioner.


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".