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Casual worker questions see big employer granted legal assistance

A large employer has for the second time in a year successfully argued that disposition of a matter before the FWC would be best served by it being permitted to engage an external lawyer to argue against a self-represented worker, given its admitted lack of expertise in IR matters.



School justified in sacking "extravagant" management family: FWC

The FWC has thrown out the unfair dismissal claims of a family accused of running a private school like they owned it and improperly spending more than $1 million on overseas trips, loan repayments and cash payouts while granting themselves substantial "back pay" and bonuses.


Make disciplinary process more consistent, FWC urges

In ordering the reinstatement of an "impatient" veteran crane operator sacked after his third safety breach in a year, an FWC member has examined BlueScope Steel's "proactive attitude" to discipline and recommended it negotiate a better process.


Dismissal rebounds on employer

Sacking a speeding truck driver who hit a kangaroo on a country road was disproportionate to his conduct, the FWC has held, finding he was denied a chance to explain or challenge GPS data.


UK inquiry seeks to restrict use of non-disclosure agreements

In a finding that might influence Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins' inquiry into sexual harassment, a UK parliamentary inquiry has recommended legislating to outlaw non-disclosure agreements that restrict "legitimate discussion" of unlawful discrimination and harassment.