In a reminder of the need for employers to strictly follow disciplinary procedures, the FWC has ordered a hospital pay more than $30,000 to a former security guard unfairly sacked over his treatment of an absconding mental health patient.
The FWC has upheld a cattle station's sacking of a director for serious misconduct, finding he paid himself unauthorised leave and failed to inform the elderly business owners of escalating legal fees of more than $1 million.
The FWC has in accepting a worker's late unfair dismissal application overlooked her failure to include her former employer in emails seeking numerous time extensions, finding it balanced by her willingness to "engage" with the Commission in pursuing the matter.
A bottle shop attendant told by her manager that she would not be able to work in a bar while pregnant because it was "a bad look" has been awarded almost $40,000 in compensation and penalties, a court finding there was "no doubt" the employer breached adverse action provisions.
In a significant decision on the nature of work, the FWC has ruled that employees required to attend a worksite assembly point by a prescribed time before being transported to a pre-start meeting should be paid for the intervening period.
In a decision traversing some of the challenges of protecting hard-won conditions in a difficult commercial environment, the CFMMEU has failed to block the termination of a construction deal no longer covering any workers after the company argued its uncompetitive terms and conditions hampered its ability to win new contracts.
Two excavator operators who allegedly belittled trainees with "foul tirades" that left them so shaken one walked off the job have won compensation, the FWC finding their dismissal was procedurally unfair.
A senior FWC member has cautioned companies against sending dismissal decisions "up the line" without revealing the final signatory's name, observing such opacity could influence whether the process is found to be fair.