A long-serving industrial tribunal member has taken aim at an employer's claim that summarily sacking a worker by text was a "generational thing", describing the method as "unconscionably undignified" while insisting that dismissals should always be conducted face-to-face.
In ordering the reinstatement of an "impatient" veteran crane operator sacked after his third safety breach in a year, an FWC member has examined BlueScope Steel's "proactive attitude" to discipline and recommended it negotiate a better process.
The FWC has ordered Australia Post subsidiary Startrack Express to compensate a supervisor sacked for repeatedly signing-off on defective drivers' timesheets, finding it wrongly treated his failure as misconduct.
An underperforming sales representative has been awarded $36,280 in compensation after the FWC found he was effectively dismissed when his employer sought to "game to their advantage" his request for a demotion.
Fifty retrenched employees are suing of one of the world's largest defence contractors for alleged underpayment of leave and redundancy entitlements expected to exceed $1 million, with some veteran workers arguing that AWA transitional instruments continue to apply.
The FWC has slammed a childcare centre for a "hopelessly flawed investigation" that led to a teacher being sacked over false allegations she mistreated a child, suggesting the owner should claim his money back for poor legal advice.