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$1 million fine for Employsure's misleading representations

The Federal Court has today ordered IR advisor Employsure to pay a penalty of $1 million for making false or misleading representations via its advertising on Google that it had government sponsorship or approval, while the company might also face substantial costs.

Perrottet Government trying to halt teachers' strike

The NSW Education Department is seeking NSW IRC orders to stop teachers from going ahead with a pay strike next week, with State Education Minister Sarah Mitchell accusing the Teachers Federation of "bully boy tactics" and the union claiming it has no other option.

End of road for unvaxxed worker who relied on Dean dissent

A worker dismissed for failing to meet his employer's COVID-19 inoculation deadline has failed to win an extension of time for his day-late dismissal claim, after he rushed to lodge it in the wake of the landmark Kimber full bench ruling three days before the 21-day-limit.

Ex-manager claims Vinnies sacked her for making bullying claims

A manager is accusing St Vincent De Paul Society Queensland of using an investigation into misconduct allegations as a "smokescreen" to get rid of her, in an adverse action case claiming it wanted to give her job to a member of an exclusive group of "Vincentians".

Union "recidivism" of limited relevance in "slur" case

The Federal Court has largely declined to take into account the CFMMEU's "recidivism" in setting a penalty against it for an organiser's unintended racial slur when he complained to a supervisor of southeast Asian background about the "third world" state of a Perth building site.

Novavax-awaiting nurse refused extra time to contest sacking

A nurse sacked after seeking leave to wait for the Novavax vaccine to become available has failed to win an extension after mailing her unfair dismissal application just three days before the deadline, unlike another nurse who did not get vaccinated on time and sent her claim seven days before the cut-off.

Manager's "gumby" slur helps seal costs award

The FWC has ordered costs against a worker held to have called a colleague "Gumby", "Dumbo" and "Homer" while on a "connived power trip", finding he could have achieved his bid to clear his name by accepting a generous settlement offer.

Back to the future as tertiary funding linked to IR rules

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has unveiled a $243 million program for "trailblazer universities" that makes funding conditional on "industrial arrangements that promote a high-performance culture and support the achievement of commercial outcomes", while he has disparaged as uncommercial and anti-innovation the academic "publish or perish mindset" the current regime has fostered.

"Collateral damage" HR manager launches adverse action case

A HR manager who won anti-bullying orders after becoming "collateral damage" in her employers' marital dispute has launched a Federal Court adverse action case, claiming it dismissed her for complaining and seeking advice about weekend work and "stress leave".

Five-member bench reserves on BHP vax case

BHP has a "compelling safety case" for introducing a mandatory vaccination policy to control COVID-19 at its mine sites, a five-member Fair Work Commission full bench heard today.