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Late dismissal case proceeds after employer caused "confusion"

The FWC has in accepting a worker's late unfair dismissal application overlooked her failure to include her former employer in emails seeking numerous time extensions, finding it balanced by her willingness to "engage" with the Commission in pursuing the matter.


Ex-bank executive sacked over silent treatment pursues big payout

A former top bank executive who purportedly resisted efforts to involve him in a management buy-out of a prominent property business is now chasing substantial compensation through the courts, claiming he was summarily dismissed for alleged misconduct just days after making his case for exit payments.

Majority bench overturns transferring deal variation

In a significant decision on agreement variations during transfers of business, an FWC full bench has split on whether Viva Energy had standing to press for a variation given the planned transfer depended on reducing workers' frequency of pay.

"Bad look" pregnant worker wins compensation

A bottle shop attendant told by her manager that she would not be able to work in a bar while pregnant because it was "a bad look" has been awarded almost $40,000 in compensation and penalties, a court finding there was "no doubt" the employer breached adverse action provisions.

Wind behind deal's approval despite IR manager setting sail

Almost two years after initially considering a civil construction deal containing a contentious "future coverage" clause ultimately found to be lawful, the FWC has signalled it expects to approve it pending undertakings to deal with CFMMEU concerns.

Professor wins $1.2 million for "egregious" sacking

An academic found to have been unlawfully dismissed by James Cook University over criticisms of prominent climate research has been awarded more than $1.2 million, the presiding judge excoriating the institution over its "egregious abuse of power" and public statements intended to "sow doubt" about his findings.


Assembling before pre-start meeting starts clock on work: FWC

In a significant decision on the nature of work, the FWC has ruled that employees required to attend a worksite assembly point by a prescribed time before being transported to a pre-start meeting should be paid for the intervening period.