A gym must compensate a martial arts instructor for taking the "unnecessarily harsh" step of summarily sacking him, despite the FWC finding it within its rights to give him his marching orders for constantly using his phone while supervising classes.
In a decision noting that workers cannot hold employers to promises in a "changing world" in which they must move with the times, the FWC has held that a call centre had a valid reason to sack a contact officer who refused to learn new skills, but a "ruthless" process made it unfair.
The FWC has upheld the dismissal of an Energy Australia employee who told one colleague she could not get pregnant due to her sexuality and suggested to another that he was related to Deepak Chopra because of his Indian descent.
A new report commissioned by Australia's largest general insurance company has sounded the alarm on the increasing number of independent contractors who are missing out on workers' compensation, income protection, leave, superannuation and other entitlements enjoyed by employees.
The FWC has held that a construction giant did not breach good faith bargaining requirements by secretly making two greenfields deals with the AWU without telling other unions who believed they were jointly negotiating a project agreement.
Australian workers no longer expect to see anything more than small increases in their pay packets, the RBA has speculated, while warning that if current conditions persist any wage growth may slow even further.