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End of the road for Coles driver sacked for drug test failure

A full bench has overturned an extension of time, originally granted on the basis of his union's representative error, for a truck driver summarily sacked by Coles Supermarkets after testing positive for methamphetamine and cannabinoids.

Sacking justified after Facebook posts: FWC

The FWC has upheld the sacking of a finance broker who posted sexually-explicit Facebook memes, including one featuring a colleague after seeking her permission, finding a "robust" and sub-par workplace culture did not make his ousting unfair.

Union to seek urgent dispute hearing after injunction bid

The Federal Court has today refused a rail union bid to stop the retrenchment and redeployment of employees of Melbourne public transport operator Metro Trains, after the company gave an undertaking it wouldn't proceed while the RTBU seeks an expedited dispute hearing in the FWC.

$200,000 for worker mortified by poster

A tribunal in awarding a former Sydney Water worker $200,000 damages has factored in a "weasel worded" apology issued by the consultancy responsible for using her image in a "Feel great - lubricate!" safety campaign.

Berejiklian backs Goward anti-harassment recommendations

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has promised to act on a report that found the protections for State ministerial staff against bullying and harassment are "unclear, ineffective and inadequate".


Biden seeks to foster worker organising, empowerment

US President Joe Biden has signed executive orders to establish a White House taskforce to promote "worker organising and empowerment" and to lift the minimum wage to $US15 an hour ($A19.23) for Federal Government employees and contractors.

Employer offers paid leave after miscarriages

New Zealand's new bereavement leave for miscarriages has inspired ASX-listed buy-now-pay-later provider Zip Co to go even further, offering Australian employees a fortnight's paid leave if they or their partner miscarry in the first 20 weeks.

Trust loss after safety failure stymies reinstatement

An employer has convinced the FWC that a mineworker found to have been unfairly sacked over a safety failure should not be reinstated because it had lost trust and confidence in him.

Workpac redundancy not genuine: FWC

The FWC has found the redundancy of a FIFO labour hire coal mineworker affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions not genuine, holding that Workpac failed to meet its consult obligations after BHP said it no longer needed him.