The Fair Work Commission has rejected an unfair dismissal claim by an overweight forklift driver after it found he had abused his managers after having received a final written warning for similar behaviour six months earlier.
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The employers of two long-term train drivers who were off work for between 18 months and two years because of health issues were entitled to dismiss them when they were ruled unable to resume driving duties, the Fair Work Commission has found.
In the first full bench ruling on the issue, the Fair Work Commission has found that unfair dismissal applications lodged before a termination of employment takes effect are not automatically invalid and the tribunal has the power to waive any defects in their early filing.
The Fair Work Commission has criticised a major Australian corporation for failing to give enough support to an employee who sought an internal transfer on medical grounds so that he could continue working, despite finding that his dismissal for abusing a manager was not unfair.