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GM Holden seeking voluntary redundancies as it cuts production

GM Holden is encouraging workers at its Elizabeth assembly plant in Adelaide to register their interest in taking an uncapped redundancy payout of 3.5 weeks pay for each year of service as it seeks to cut up to 270 jobs by the end of next month.

FWC "less than impressed" by employer's law firm

A senior FWC member has found that "extraordinary" circumstances justified the tribunal accepting a sacked employee's late unfair dismissal claim, while urging the employer to settle to avoid "further criticism and embarrassment for its conduct" and panning its law firm's role in the case.

Look to Kiwi solution for good faith in employment: Riley

Australia could consider adopting a Kiwi-style statutory good faith obligation after the High Court's finding that there is no implied duty of mutual trust and confidence in employment contracts, according to a senior law academic.

Bench upholds orders for Glencore Xstrata to produce documents

A Fair Work Commission full bench has rejected Glencore Xstrata's challenge to orders requiring the company to provide the tribunal with documents relating to its staffing decisions last year at its Collinsville open cut coal mine.

Sacking over "golden rule" breach exposes site's safety flaws

A company that dismissed a rigger for working unsafely at height and then allegedly ignoring a supervisor’s instruction to work differently has been ordered to pay him $9000 compensation, after failing to prove he received sufficiently clear directions.

Worker "misled" by two HR managers wins extension of time

The Fair Work Commission has granted a Coles store manager an extension of time to file his unfair dismissal claim after finding that he was misled into believing that the supermarket giant was investigating the termination of his employment.

Bank chief's contract incorporated redundancy policy: Court

A chief executive has been awarded more than $3m after a court found that his employer's redundancy policy was incorporated into his contract of employment, but his off-sider will take home nothing after failing to prove that the policy became part of his contract as part of a "course of dealings".