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Dismissed Roy Hill worker's asthma "frustration" no justification for abuse

The FWC has upheld the dismissal of a FIFO worker at Gina Rinehart's Roy Hill iron ore mine after finding his frustration over a medic's insistence that he suffered from anxiety rather than asthma did not excuse him abusing her and telling her to get some "schooling" because she was going to "kill someone".

MUA wins beachhead at Gorgon LNG project

The MUA has established its right to represent one of three teams of workers it sought access to at the Gorgon LNG project's processing site, after the FWC found their principal functions "lie at the heart of a waterside worker".

Tribunal upholds sacking of employees for verbal abuse of colleagues

The FWC has found two companies had valid reasons for dismissing male workers who verbally abused female colleagues, but in one case it did not justify going the further step of summarily sacking the long-serving employee from a workplace that tolerated the "F bomb".


Prison officer who assaulted inmates wins job back

The NSW IRC has ordered the reinstatement from today of a decorated senior prison officer it dismissed for assaulting three inmates while suffering from a mental illness, but he will be denied backpay due to his misconduct.



New deal boosts leave entitlements throughout Qantas

Qantas will provide 10 days domestic and family violence leave and two extra weeks of parental leave to all of its 30,000 employees later this year, after it struck an enterprise deal with the ASU that guarantees the entitlements for more than 4,000 employees.

Ruling clarifies application of privacy principles to Facebook accounts

An employer was not obliged to immediately notify an employee it was accessing her Facebook messages or posts during a disciplinary investigation, Victoria's Supreme Court has confirmed in a decision clarifying the manner in which information privacy principles apply to social media.