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Open warfare as defence contractor sued for adverse action

An engineer who sold his company on the condition he remained employed is suing the new owner for allegedly sacking him in retaliation for accusing its chief executive of damaging his health and lodging a worker's compensation claim.

COVID-crunched employer wins 70% discount on redundancies

A pandemic-affected employer has succeeded in having redundancy payments to four workers slashed by almost 70%, the FWC finding its perilous cash position and obligation to remaining employees outweighed the impact on the quartet.

Union abandons reg challenge; Delay wage theft law: AiG; & more

Court finding on notice period change shredded; Call to halt wage theft law until working party concludes; Industry super paper concedes employees might bear costs of super rises; and $15K for academic in "labyrinthine" case.

Lawyer's admission fails to win extension for worker

In a significant decision considering representative error, a solicitor has failed to convince the FWC that his miscalculations in filing a late unfair dismissal application justified an extension, after the worker waited 15 days to confirm she wanted to proceed.

Nurse with hearing loss disadvantaged by rigid shift rules

NSW Health must compensate a registered nurse for lost shift penalties and refrain from rostering her on morning and night shifts after a tribunal found it indirectly discriminated against her on the basis of her hearing impairment.

Whistleblowing academic and university settle their differences

An academic who went public with concerns about international student admissions practices has dropped his adverse action claim against Murdoch University, which in turn has dropped its counter claim in a settlement hailed as a big win by the NTEU.

"Inappropriate" Salvos worker fails to win time extension

A Salvation Army recruitment agency worker accused of threatening to break colleagues' fingers if they adjusted the air conditioning has failed to convince the FWC that her stress disorder and a delayed dismissal letter justified an extension of time.

Members should hold unions to same standards as lawyers: FWC

Members who pursue unfair dismissal applications through their union should expect the same expertise and professionalism as would be provided by a lawyer, the FWC has found in granting an extension of time due to representative error.

Equal numbers for unions, employers on working groups

The Morrison Government has released details of the "primary" organisational membership of its five IR working groups, some of which will have their first meeting in a fortnight.