A multinational company has been fined $27,000 for failing to pay more than 180 employees a remote area allowance during leave periods, a court finding "real unfairness" in a situation where many of the workers are proving difficult to locate.
An Orica labour supplier's redundancy method, in which it surprised a full-time employee during downsizing by handing him a letter confirming the "successful completion" of his role, has rendered the dismissal unfair.
Employers will no longer pursue a new "perma-flexi" casuals classification as part of the FWC's four-yearly review, as they are confident that legal challenges or legislative change will avoid a requirement to provide additional entitlements to these workers.
The FWC has held that although the cut-off date for a worker's unfair dismissal application fell on a NSW public holiday, when the tribunal's registries were open in other states, he did not need an extension to file it the next day.
A-League soccer team Central Coast Mariners says it is surprised to find itself at the centre of a possible test case challenging unpaid trial and training arrangements, in which a player claims it misled and exploited him to secure his services for free when he was in fact an employee.
The former "right-hand" man to a Gold Coast tobacco mogul who styles himself as "the candyman" has won $90,000 in penalties and 10% of his costs for an adverse action case he won two years ago in which a court found the employer "fabricated" a reason to dismiss him.
In a decision affirming the FWC's expanded ability to use undertakings to approve agreements, a controversial non-union power industry deal made with a handful of employees has been rubber-stamped despite concerns about how it was explained to those it covers.
The FWC has upheld Victoria Police's sacking of an OHS practitioner who, on receiving a proposed final warning, "let fly" against claims that she made unwanted advances towards a colleague and defied a direction not to contact her about it.