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Hard to stomach, but BHP worker's sacking not harsh: FWC

BHP did not respond harshly when it dismissed a Thailand-based train driver for making a brief call about a worrying health matter while he travelled slowly along a remote Pilbara line, the FWC has ruled.

Detailed robo-clause in new DP World deals

DP World will notify the MUA of automation plans nine months before implementation and pay an additional 15 weeks severance for related redundancies, under new agreements that crossed their final hurdle last week when Melbourne dock workers voted in favour.

Full court's "unduly narrow" interpretation is wrong: Porter

IR Minister Christian Porter has told the High Court that a Federal Court bench "erred" when it concluded that labour hire company Workpac could not rely on a legislative provision to offset loadings paid to the worker at the centre of a landmark case on casual leave entitlements.

FWC's arbitral powers maintained under inherited deal: Full court

In a significant, if split, decision on the FWC's jurisdictional ambit, a majority full Federal Court has ruled that the tribunal would not be invalidly exercising judicial power if it arbitrated a dispute under an agreement an employer inherited after winning a Defence Department tender.

Workers' comp "joke" no basis for sacking: Tribunal

The FWC has lambasted an employer over the "unconscionable" sacking of a casual who said he was just joking about making a workers' compensation claim after a COVID-19 related standdown, ordering compensation equal to 24 weeks of JobKeeper.

No costs security for challenge to bushfire recovery sacking

A Laing O'Rourke manager charged with overseeing the NSW Government's bushfire clean-up program has fought off a $150,000 costs security order as he challenges his summary sacking for allegedly intimidating property owners while partying during the recovery effort.

Sams slams law graduate in full-throated FWC sign-off

A retiring presidential FWC member has used his final ruling to deliver a withering character assessment of a law graduate and question the benefit of GPs providing mental health appraisals in cases alleging bullying.


No sweeping power to require anti-COVID jabs: Porter

The "overwhelming majority" of employers should assume they have no power to force employees to vaccinate against COVID-19, IR Minister Christian Porter said today as his agencies issued new advice on workplace inoculations.

Member lacked power to pull rug on dismissal case: Bench

A presidential member denied an unfair dismissal applicant a fair hearing when he threw out his case for want of prosecution without a formal request from the employer, a FWC full bench has ruled.