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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.


FWC hits pause on public transport vax mandate

The FWC has "reluctantly" applied the brakes to the NSW Government's COVID-19 vaccination mandate for some rail workers after finding it has an obligation to consider two unions' post-implementation challenges to the policy.

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.


Patrick, Qube took "desultory" approach to pursuing union: Court

The Federal Court has trimmed the amount of interest to be added to its $2 million-plus damages ruling against the MUA after finding that Patrick and Qube took a "desultory" approach to pursuing the union over unlawful bans at Port Botany in 2017.

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.