The FWO has dropped its case against Foodora over alleged sham contracts, bringing to a premature close what was anticipated to be a significant test of the gig economy's employment relationships in Australia.
A former Cricket Australia manager's lawyers have today filed legal action in the Federal Court alleging she was dismissed over personal tweets, in the latest test of an employee's use of social media to express political opinions.
In a significant decision on adverse publicity as a factor in setting penalties, a judge has heavily discounted fines sought against an underpaying Melbourne restaurant chain while criticising the FWO's practice of naming and shaming employers before their day in court.
The Federal Circuit Court has slugged an unrepresented litigant with an order to pay $12,500 of his former employer's legal costs, finding that although he did not run the case vexatiously, mere allegations unsupported by evidence rendered it "baseless and groundless".
Sacked NUW NSW official Nick Belan has today continued his challenge to the FWC's ability to rely on evidence given to royal commissions, urging a full Federal Court to treat the tribunal like a court and find that it should not have been able to uphold his sacking on the basis of admissions made in 2015.
The voluntary administrators of food delivery business Foodora Australia Pty Ltd say the process will give the company "essential breathing space", which includes a statutory stay on landmark legal proceedings testing whether its riders are employees or contractors.