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HR failed to flag obligations to injured worker: FWC

The FWC has awarded compensation to a sacked childcare worker after noting the "disturbing" failure of a company's HR department to inform the chief executive of protections for employees forced to take time off due to illness or injury.

Damages for hurt feelings after "callous" sacking

A tribunal has awarded $3000 for injury to the feelings of a worker who changed careers as a result of her employer's threats when it "callously" dismissed her, then locked her out.

FWC to re-hear case of lawyers sacked for "insubordination"

A criminal lawyer has succeeded in overturning findings that he unfairly sacked two solicitors he accused of "insubordination" and "sabotage", a FWC bench ruling that a tribunal member was too dismissive of his explanation for missing a hearing.

Frosty reception to business class flights, claims ex-BOM manager

A general manager is accusing the Bureau of Meteorology of retreating from a decision to sack her for flying business class and taking two days' leave while on a work trip in Paris, only to hold off on advertising an "obvious" redeployment role until after it retrenched her.

FWC declines to stay case of three-week CEO

The FWC has refused to stay consideration of another case caught up in the High Court's current slate of matters examining employment status, finding that a former chief executive of just three weeks would be unfairly prejudiced if his adverse action claim was delayed.

Law clear about decisions on the papers: FWC bench

An employer will get another chance to argue that it did not dismiss a worker after a four-member FWC bench determined that the company's jurisdictional objection should not have been decided on the papers.

Director's criticism overheard in bathroom: Employer body

WA's peak employer body says COVID-19 prompted it to extend the probationary period of a commercial services director instead of sacking her, before she allegedly shared details of a confidential performance discussion while criticising colleagues in the workplace toilets.

Late application allowed after children's secrecy over sacking

The FWC has allowed a delivery driver's late unfair dismissal application to proceed after finding that his adult children kept news of his sacking from him over health concerns while he completed two weeks' hotel quarantine.

Law firm granted representation to defend solicitor's sacking claim

The FWC will allow a legal firm that provides IR advice to lawyer-up against a self-represented junior solicitor with no post-admission experience who claims to be in a "David and Goliath" situation as he seeks to challenge his dismissal.

FWC backs Qantas grounding of over-age flight crew

The FWC has upheld the dismissal of two Qantas pilots unable to fly internationally after turning 65, drawing parallels with the tribunal's retirement policy while finding it might have been "considerate" to keep them in the departure lounge while they awaited a move to short-haul.