Allowing a worker to switch from pursuing an unfair dismissal to a general protections claim after unsuccessful conciliation would allow him "two bites of the cherry", the Fair Work Commission has ruled.
A new report from a major employment law firm predicts that the Senate will pass the Abbott Government's Fair Work Act and building industry amendments, suggests the next reforms will be limits on industrial action and productivity requirements for enterprise agreements, and highlights the lower than expected activity in the FWC's anti-bullying jurisdiction.
A truck driver sacked for urinating outside the entrance to a Woolworths warehouse will receive around $14,000 in compensation after the Fair Work Commission ruled his employer's handling of the investigation into the incident rendered his dismissal unfair.
Two long-serving Qantas flight attendants who breached the airline's taxi card policy have won their jobs back this morning after the Fair Work Commission found there was no valid reason for their dismissals.
An airport security firm's requirement that employees ring their leading hand and wait for a replacement before taking a toilet break is "entirely reasonable" and lawful, the Fair Work Commission has held, in rejecting a security officer's unfair dismissal claim.
The Fair Work Commission has thrown out an unfair dismissal claim brought by a TNT Australia forklift driver who lied about working for a competitor while certified unfit for work and sending his employer a threatening letter, describing his evidence as a "farrago of lies".
Requiring employees to sit in a "slow moving car park queue" and travel up to two hours a day to and from a new work location does not count as reasonable alternative employment, the Fair Work Commission has ruled in a decision to award six workers redundancy pay.