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Underpaying multinational fined $27K over "real unfairness"

A multinational company has been fined $27,000 for failing to pay more than 180 employees a remote area allowance during leave periods, a court finding "real unfairness" in a situation where many of the workers are proving difficult to locate.

Large employer could have done better: FWC

An Orica labour supplier's redundancy method, in which it surprised a full-time employee during downsizing by handing him a letter confirming the "successful completion" of his role, has rendered the dismissal unfair.

Finance manager's extra payments justified sacking: FWC

The FWC has upheld the sacking of a financial controller who paid herself for extra working time despite her engagement on an annualised salary that included reasonable additional hours.

Employers jettison bid for "perma-flexi" workers

Employers will no longer pursue a new "perma-flexi" casuals classification as part of the FWC's four-yearly review, as they are confident that legal challenges or legislative change will avoid a requirement to provide additional entitlements to these workers.

Case filed on Labour Day public holiday within time: FWC

The FWC has held that although the cut-off date for a worker's unfair dismissal application fell on a NSW public holiday, when the tribunal's registries were open in other states, he did not need an extension to file it the next day.

Court to umpire sporting dispute over unpaid trial regime

A-League soccer team Central Coast Mariners says it is surprised to find itself at the centre of a possible test case challenging unpaid trial and training arrangements, in which a player claims it misled and exploited him to secure his services for free when he was in fact an employee.

GM wins penalties after "vengeful" denial of entitlements

The former "right-hand" man to a Gold Coast tobacco mogul who styles himself as "the candyman" has won $90,000 in penalties and 10% of his costs for an adverse action case he won two years ago in which a court found the employer "fabricated" a reason to dismiss him.

Undertakings soar over genuine agreement hurdle: FWC

In a decision affirming the FWC's expanded ability to use undertakings to approve agreements, a controversial non-union power industry deal made with a handful of employees has been rubber-stamped despite concerns about how it was explained to those it covers.

Make warnings more specific, FWC tells employer

The FWC has upheld Victoria Police's sacking of an OHS practitioner who, on receiving a proposed final warning, "let fly" against claims that she made unwanted advances towards a colleague and defied a direction not to contact her about it.