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Employer pays for "sham" job proposal

A small employer must pay almost $15,000 to a former part-time worker it sacked for rejecting an "inflexible" full-time job proposal the FWC concluded had been designed to "get rid" of her.

ETU looking to supercharge casual leave test cases

The ETU is anticipating multiple backpay claims on behalf of thousands of labour hire and FIFO workers at resource, electrical supply and construction companies across Australia as part of a new campaign seeking to challenge their classification as casuals.

Clubs fail in bid to can award, cut penalty rates

An FWC full bench has rejected Clubs Australia's bid to cut penalty rates for more than 100,000 workers by revoking the industry award and folding it into the hospitality award, describing the attempt as inflicting "economic harm" without any countervailing benefits.

Employee compensated for "callous" post-merger dismissal

An accounts officer who returned from leave to find her desk had been cleared has been awarded $7690 in compensation for her employer's "callous act" in making her redundant without any warning or consultation.

Kmart deal not so super, says SDA rival

RAFFWU is challenging the approval of a Kmart deal that won overwhelming endorsement from workers, claiming a refusal to provide an opt-out of the retail industry superannuation fund and 1c above-award pay rates will mean it fails the better off overall test.

FWC halts "unilateral" axing of income protection

Stevedore DP World will have to abandon its plan to end an income protection scheme for its container terminal workers from Friday, after the FWC ruled its agreement with the CFMMEU's MUA division does not permit "unilateral cessation".

"Robbed": Union outraged at entitlements ruling

The CFMMEU says the Federal Court has made an "outrageous decision" in directing that $1m held in a trust fund as a result of a case brought by the union now be shared by all former employees of the liquidated labour hire company One Key Workforce Pty Ltd.


Canadian "contractor" who flew south an employee, says FWC

A Sydney-based Canadian paid a regular monthly untaxed figure in US dollars by a Calgary-headquartered company for which he agreed to act as an independent contractor has had his unfair dismissal claim upheld, with the FWC finding he was not genuinely retrenched.

Two jobs with single employer don't count as one: Court

A worker who concurrently held two "separate and distinct" part-time roles with Australia Post has failed to win $200,000 in overtime and meal allowances he claimed he was owed under the organisation's agreement, after the Federal Court ruled that they didn't amount to a single job with combined hours under the Fair Work Act.