The FWC has shot down an aged care home's "one employer policy" introduced in the chaotic early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, ordering it to re-engage a part-time musical therapist jettisoned after she continued to work at three other facilities.
A judge has taken an unsparing swipe at "economically rationalist management policy" in considering an eminent CSIRO scientist's challenge to his redundancy, bemoaning a selection process based on candidates' capacity for "external revenue generation".
A judge has in imposing penalties on BMA factored in that management overseeing one of its a coal-loading facilities "took the odds" after being warned they were breaching its agreement by requiring workers to perform 455 overtime hours a year.
A senior FWC member got his wires crossed when he insisted a union had asked him to rule on the same electrician's allowance dispute he had considered almost three years earlier, a full bench has found.
A BHP worker accused of failing to cooperate with COVID-19 temperature screening should have been told before a meeting that it wanted to question him separately over a colleague's alleged misconduct, but the FWC says the employer did not need to reveal the investigation involved his support person.
The FWC has expressed sympathy for four police officers facing transfers after they belatedly learned their time in a specialist s-x offenders unit would be capped, but has ruled it lacks power to arbitrate the matter.
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.
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.
In a decision highlighting the difference between "genuinely trying to reach agreement" and "good faith bargaining", the FWC has rejected an HSU application for a protected action ballot order and found its own conduct wanting.