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Dismissal for explicit Facebook post valid but harsh

The FWC has found it was harsh to dismiss a nurse who tagged two colleagues to a s-xually explicit Facebook video and said they were "slamming" each other, set-up a mock masturbation scene on a workmate's desk and referred to a senior manager in crude derogatory terms.

FWC member understated Qantas employee's dishonesty: Bench

A lie told by a veteran Qantas flight attendant sacked for stealing alcohol has again proven his undoing, with an FWC full bench yesterday quashing an unfair dismissal ruling that put him in line for more than $33,000 in compensation.

FWC upholds DP World's sacking of bullying "big fish"

The FWC has upheld DP World's sacking of a stevedore and self-proclaimed "big fish" in the MUA for bullying two colleagues who stepped outside a worker-maintained "system of control and internal discipline" by taking a complaint to HR.

Commission ends dads' flexible arrangement for school pick-ups

A tribunal has ordered two male employees to resume standard business hours from next month after it upheld an employer's decision to boost operational efficiency by ending a long-standing flexible work arrangement that allowed them to leave early enough to pick up their children from school.

$100 in damages for "bullied" ship's officer

The Federal Court has awarded a ship's officer $100 in nominal damages for her employer's breach of her employment contract, finding it could not have foreseen that its flawed investigation of allegations she was bullied by her captain would lead her to stop working in the maritime industry altogether.

Misconduct discovered post-dismissal legitimate evidence: FWC

A worker sacked for sending "highly sensitive" information to her private email has provided a forum for the FWC to reaffirm that employers can bolster their unfair dismissal defence with evidence of misconduct unearthed after an employee's termination.

Phantom email to client warranted sacking for dishonesty: FWC

The FWC has found that an employer was justified in seeking to protect its reputation by sacking a "dishonest" employee who told a client she had sent an important document when no trace of the email could ever be found.

Social media resister not ripe for redeployment: Tribunal

The FWC has upheld the dismissal of a "competent and conscientious" communications advisor with an extensive media background, accepting he could not be redeployed because his resistance to social media made him unsuited to the new role's demands.

Bulging pockets cost flight attendant his job

The FWC has found Qantas should have implemented a penalty "lesser than dismissal" for a long-serving flight attendant who stole alcohol from a flight then lied about it, but has rejected reinstating him because it might "condone" theft.

Commission overstepped the mark on dispute: Bench

An FWC member ventured beyond the tribunal's private arbitration powers when he ruled on a dispute over the sacking of a probationary employee, a full bench has found.