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BHP cleared to make "lifestyle" roster changes

The FWC has affirmed BHP's right to introduce roster changes recognising "lifestyle arrangements" and made a call on what constitutes "significant" support for them, after the CFMMEU failed to establish that an agreement clause only allows for bottom-up instigation.

Patchy process did not deny sacked welder a fair go

An employer who failed to record a worker's serial misconduct, provide a written warning or give him an opportunity to respond nevertheless did not deny him a fair go when forcing him to resign following a brief lunch room meeting, the FWC has found.

Sacked worker not told her domestic violence history "relevant"

The FWC has reproached a childcare provider for failing to inform a worker that her past experience in a violent relationship was a "relevant" factor in its decision to dismiss her after she challenged a co-worker to a fight.

First ACTU president since Hawke to present minimum wage case

For the first time in four decades, the ACTU will tomorrow roll out its president to make final submissions to the FWC's annual wage review as it seeks to buttress the union movement and Labor Party's focus on a "living wage" ahead of Saturday's Federal election.

Leading IR academic accuses law school head of bullying

An IR academic and a law lecturer who accused the head of La Trobe University's Law School of bullying have failed to convince the Federal Court to suppress their names in his legal challenge to an investigation into their complaints, the judge finding their identities had already been revealed by an industry publication.

Lawyer's workload, pre-dawn starts no excuse for late filing: FWC

The FWC has rebuked a lawyer for his "dilatory" approach to filing a general protections claim, ultimately granting his client a time extension because of the unusual degree of stress and anxiety he suffered as a consequence of his dismissal.

Bench throws out "ersatz" bid to quash Woolies deal

RAFFWU is yet to concede defeat on a bid to quash Woolworths' 2012 agreement, after an FWC full bench threw out its challenge to the approval of the retailer's replacement deal and accused it of trying to deprive some team members of an allowance "merely to aid" its termination application.

Transphobic references won't "throw me off my game": Commissioner

A tribunal member has decided against involving the federal police in the case of a persistent applicant who accused him of corruption, further refusing to be "thrown off [his] game" by the man's "transphobic" references to him.