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Appeal court upholds $1.6m payout to sales director

A finance company has failed to overturn an order to pay $1.6m in damages to a sales director it initially dismissed on notice and then purported to summarily sack for allegedly sexually harassing a subordinate.

Repeat abuser loses dismissal case

The Fair Work Commission has rejected an unfair dismissal claim by an overweight forklift driver after it found he had abused his managers after having received a final written warning for similar behaviour six months earlier.

Victoria might seek to halt ambos' action; RBA says wages "subdued"; & more

Victoria will seek to terminate ambulance action that affects community safety; RBA says wages subdued; WPI growing at slowest recorded pace; Discipline policy overrides custom: decision upheld; Up to $7 trillion of super could fund infrastructure growth by 2030: report shows; Vale Kathrine (Kath) Nelson; and Correction to article about WA minister.


Bench makes important ruling on legal representation

A Fair Work Commissioner was wrong to give the Tax Office permission to be represented by a solicitor but not a barrister, but a full bench has denied the NSW Bar Association leave to appeal against the representation ruling because the ATO admitted it did not adversely affect its case.

Employers entitled to dismiss unfit-for-duty workers: Tribunal

The employers of two long-term train drivers who were off work for between 18 months and two years because of health issues were entitled to dismiss them when they were ruled unable to resume driving duties, the Fair Work Commission has found.

FWC finds cure for premature application

In the first full bench ruling on the issue, the Fair Work Commission has found that unfair dismissal applications lodged before a termination of employment takes effect are not automatically invalid and the tribunal has the power to waive any defects in their early filing.

Tribunal criticises company for conduct "bordering on inhumane"

The Fair Work Commission has criticised a major Australian corporation for failing to give enough support to an employee who sought an internal transfer on medical grounds so that he could continue working, despite finding that his dismissal for abusing a manager was not unfair.

Dismissal meeting support person not an advocate: full bench

The obligation for employers to let employees bring a support person with them to any discussions that could lead to dismissal does not extend to allowing that person to be an advocate, a FWC full bench has confirmed in overturning a ruling by Commissioner John Ryan that an executive director was constructively dismissed.