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FWC refuses to extend time despite law firm's failure

The FWC has found a law firm's lack of competence and "grossly unprofessional" conduct primarily to blame for the late unfair dismissal claim of a worker who breached a vaccine mandate, but it has refused to grant a one-day extension due to her role in the delay.

Ross declines to refer vax "questions of law" to full bench

FWC President Iain Ross has refused to refer to a full bench "questions of law" from a health worker and a group of Virgin employees seeking declarations that it is illegal to threaten those breaching vaccine mandates with the sack and that a "non-covid injected person" is no risk.

Supreme Court judge harassed his associates: Eastman SC

The Victorian Supreme Court has confirmed that an investigation by leading barrister Kate Eastman SC found that one of its former judges subjected two former associates to sexual harassment and/or sex-based discrimination.

Tribunal backs ACTU's sacking of worker for Facebook posts

The FWC has upheld, despite some procedural failings, the ACTU's dismissal of a call centre employee over Facebook posts that "cheered on" an anti-vaccine mandate campaign, applauded aggression against police, mocked domestic violence, disparaged black people and vilified transgender people.

Crown throws dice on new employee transfer strategy

A finding that engaging Crown's Melbourne and Perth dealers to serve high rollers at its Sydney casino is not a transfer of business has paved the way for others to move workers without the "negative consequences of industrial instruments travelling with them", according to a leading employer-clientele lawyer.

FWC set to hear Svitzer bid to halt protected action

Major tug boat operator Svitzer Australia has gained more time to prepare its application to suspend or terminate AMOU members' protected action, which is to due to start on Thursday.

Sacking upheld after questionable vax exemption

A worker who unsuccessfully sought to take long service leave after Bulla Dairy Foods rejected medical exemption evidence from a since-suspended doctor has failed to establish it unfairly sacked him for breaching a COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

NSW looking to compensate nurses within cap

The Perrottet Government says it is looking at "some further recognition" of the work performed by NSW nurses and midwives without prompting other public sector wage claims above its 2.5% annual cap.