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FWC rules Target HR capability means no need for legal help; & more

Target has enough HR staff to not need legal representation; Data upload difficulties lead to time extension; Mental health provider given go-ahead to employ ATSI people only; Biggest ever electronic ballot gets go-ahead for DHS; and Former retail group head facing fraud charges.

Court upholds summary sacking for policy and procedure breaches

A sacked St John Ambulance office manager who argued she breached workplace policies and procedures - including by hiring unaccredited trainers - in good faith and to meet an "urgent demand" for first aid training from the WA mining sector has failed in her common law damages claim.

FWC rejects second reinstatement bid

An unfairly dismissed Catholic school teacher who successfully argued before a Fair Work Commission full bench that a tribunal member failed to give sufficient consideration to reinstatement options has again missed out on getting her job back.

Workers win reprieve from $25,000 cost security claim

The Fair Work Commission has rejected Patricks' bid for orders requiring five workers - and their solicitor - to provide security for costs of up to $25,000 each prior to their unfair dismissal claims being heard.

Company's tolerance of bullying conduct meant dismissals unfair: FWC

Global smelting company Nyrstar had a valid reason to sack two workers for a history of bullying behaviour, but its failure to deal with the conduct over a long period and to put specific allegations to them meant the dismissals were unfair, the FWC has ruled.

Mobile phone policies under FWC spotlight

In two separate decisions, the Fair Work Commission has ruled that it has the power to arbitrate on the use of mobile phones at BHP Coal's Bowen Basin mines and that a tram driver was unfairly sacked after being accused of using his phone while on the road.

Docks worker sacked for swearing

Even a wharfie can swear too much, according to the Fair Work Commission, which has drawn a distinction between "everyday descriptive language" and swearing "aggressively and maliciously" at someone, in upholding the sacking of a WA employee.

Pattern of inappropriate behaviour justifies dismissal

A Toll employee who intimidated a drug and alcohol testing technician and maintained he was medically unfit to attend meetings with management about his behaviour was validly dismissed, the Fair Work Commission has found.