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Listed company's $5m adverse action payout quashed

A full Federal Court has quashed a software company's $5.2 million general protections payout and ordered a retrial after finding that the judge in awarding record compensation to the former Victorian state manager failed to provide adequate reasons in his 350-page decision.

Graduate's voluntary work at legal firm not employment: FWC

In a decision stressing the importance of distinguishing between internships, work experience and clerkships at law firms, a FWC senior member has rejected a recent graduate's unfair dismissal claim on the basis he was not an employee.


Autism, custody dispute explain late application: FWC

A worker who says a custody dispute, a family death and high-functioning autism all contributed to his unfair dismissal application being late has won an extension of time to challenge his sacking.

FWC ends 10-year-old case despite worker's protests

A senior FWC member has declined to recuse herself before throwing out a decade-old unfair dismissal case that was put on ice indefinitely due to the worker's mental illness.

Mental health condition warrants extending time: FWC

An Uber driver accused of deliberately driving into a customer has won extra time to file an unfair dismissal claim after the FWC accepted suicidal ideation and mental incapacity following his shunting from the platform amounted to exceptional circumstances.


"Seems unjust", but worker two hours' short of protection: FWC

A small business that sacked a worker and sent him home less than two hours before he served the 12-month minimum employment period to qualify for unfair dismissal protection has successfully fended off his FWC claim.

"Superficial" process undermined sacking: FWC

Inghams unfairly sacked an Ethiopian-born worker for failing to weight-check multiple boxes of turkey leg, the FWC has held, noting its failure to provide a translator while "superficially" adhering to correct procedures might explain why it did not know he was following a supervisor's instructions.

Manager seeking $200K was in cahoots with rival: Ex-employer

A former United Petroleum business sales manager who claims she was sacked for filing a workers' compensation claim and complaining of bullying was in fact ousted for trying to poach its clients and set up a rival business, the fuel retailer alleges.