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Redundancy genuine despite HR team's pratfalls

The FWC has accepted an employer's explanation that the "incompetency" of its HR team led it to advertising a redundant position less than two months later and subsequently inviting a former employee to "recommence" his role.

Updated: DP World seeks urgent halt to industrial action

The FWC will on Saturday hear an application by DP World to terminate industrial action at its Port Botany container terminal, with the stevedore claiming that new bans on performing work by operating equipment at the "slowest possible safe speed" will effectively create a "permanent go-slow".

Insistent on-hire worker reasonably refused Coles shifts: FWC

The FWC has rejected an on-hire warehouse worker's unfair dismissal case after weighing evidence that he hectored his supervisors so much about returning after an accident that he was put on client Coles' "do not hire" list.

Amazon facing adverse action claim by former chief engineer

In a rare workplace insight into one the world's largest companies, a former Amazon chief engineer is suing the e-commerce behemoth for allegedly forcing him to quit and sign a deed of release "on the spot".

Insecure work a key focus of ALP draft platform

The ALP has produced a draft national platform that pledges to ensure that workers in the gig economy earn a living wage and have access to "the same protections and standards as all Australian workers", while vowing to address the broader challenges of insecure employment.

Senior tribunal member tiptoes through JobKeeper minefield

The FWC has refused to express a view on whether an NRMA-owned cruise operator should be able to withhold JobKeeper payments for a fortnight in which it provided more than $1500 in back pay due under a newly-approved deal.

Missing dismissal email an "unexplained vagary of cyberspace": FWC

The FWC has reinforced the importance of dismissals being communicated face to face after finding that a worker's claim she never received an emailed termination letter had to be put down to an "unexplained vagary of cyberspace".

Sacking costs listed company $1.1m despite unsigned contract

An ASX-listed investment house that summarily dismissed an executive director without explanation must pay $1.1 million in damages, after the absence of a signed contract left a court to assess her implied bonus and notice terms.

Heavy fines for employer that orchestrated safety rep's dismissal

An employer and director have been hit with near-maximum fines totalling $60,000 in recognition of the seriousness of the "contrived" dismissal of an OHS representative who raised safety concerns with the workplace regulator.

FWC "misconstrued" approach to general protections cases: Full court

In a significant decision unsettling the FWC's approach to general protections applications, a full Federal Court has ruled that a Commission bench "misconstrued" limitations on the tribunal's powers to first establish whether workers have been dismissed before considering such matters.