A Catholic school teacher sacked after being charged with indecent assault, of which he was later acquitted, has been reinstated after the FWC rejected the Sydney Archdiocese's argument that his automatic loss of clearance to work with children frustrated his employment.
An FWC member has observed that a business with more than 40 employees "is large enough to warrant a HR manager and a HR officer" in a case where an employer sought leave to challenge its own HR manager's recollection of events.
The Federal Court will next week hold a preliminary hearing of allegations by a former Australia Post national workers' compensation manager that ex-chief executive Ahmed Fahour caved-in to a union leader's demands to oust him from his role and shelve his efforts to rein-in costs, or face protest rallies and the leaking of sensitive internal documents.
A warehouse team leader must match wits with Woolworths' in-house HR/IR managers over his unfair dismissal claim after the FWC refused to allow either party legal representation for what it determined was a matter "not complex enough" to involve lawyers or paid agents.
An employer that took away most of a pregnant cashier's rostered shifts after $300 in shortfalls has been ordered to compensate her after the FWC ruled that the resultant 75% reduction in her pay amounted to a repudiation of her employment contract.
A tribunal member who reinstated a transit officer sacked for spraying a minor with capsicum spray should have given greater weight to his past conduct and the viability of re-establishing an employment relationship, a full bench has found.
An employer treated a long-serving worker like a "dirty rag" when it sacked her for an alleged incapacity to meet her job's inherent requirements, the FWC has found in what it describes as an "ignominiously memorable" case that provides a "strong foundation for argument against any lessening" of unfair dismissal protections.
The FWC has expressed "surprise" at the HR practices of a major courier company that dismissed a depot manager who was partially responsible for a breach of a worldwide embargo on a new JK Rowling book and was the subject of unfounded bullying allegations.