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Employer took adverse action with take-it-or-leave-it demand

The Federal Circuit Court has found a newspaper publisher took adverse action when it forced a full-time journalist to sign a take-it-or-leave it statement reducing him to two days a week - with unspecified entitlements to be paid in instalments - and sacked him when he complained.

Sacking over uniform "theft" doesn't measure up: FWC

Three employees of a major transport and logistics company have been reinstated after the FWC overruled their employer's decision to dismiss them for allegedly stealing uniforms.

"Outbursts" by worker end hopes of contesting dismissal

A postal worker who engaged in "frightening and foul mouthed outbursts", including telling co-workers he would bring a samurai sword to work to attack colleagues rather than a gun, was unlikely to succeed with his unfair dismissal claim, the FWC has found.

FWC flushes away employer's trust and confidence qualms

The FWC has reinstated a portable toilet delivery driver sacked for a safety breach, after rejecting his employer's claims that he shouldn't be returned to the job because it no longer had trust and confidence in him.

Employer cleared to "punish" worker who defied order

An employee dismissed for misconduct might now face imprisonment and penalties for contempt after failing to comply with a court order to repay more than $25,000 to his former employer.

Unfair dismissal round-up: Employer denied lawyer; and more

Employer can "effectively represent itself"; It's peculiar: Bench overrules refusal of name change; Employer pays for hitting snooze on investigation; Dating a no-no on employer phone, says FWC; and Hairdresser's evidence doesn't cut it.

Perception failing to match reality on employment discrimination

Many IR practitioners, including tribunal members and judicial officers, seem to believe that "discrimination is not really a matter for workplace relations law" despite the fact that 80% of discrimination claims arise on the job, new research is showing.