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Court backs rare Premier's challenge to tribunal ruling

A palliative care doctor given 10 minutes' notice that his three-year fixed-term contract was to be succeeded by a six-month contract immediately lost his right to have a tribunal review the new offer, Tasmania's Supreme Court has held.

COVID-19 stand down designed to avoid big payout: FWC

The FWC has ordered a recruitment company to immediately end the stand-down of a state manager after rejecting its claim that COVID-19 left her with no work, finding instead that it sought to force her to resign.

Macquarie Bank contests advisors' commission-only claim

The latest tranche of Macquarie Bank wealth advisors to sue for alleged underpayments continue to maintain they were paid under commission-only arrangements despite the bank's insistence this was paid on top of a base salary.

Contracted drivers are employees: Full court

In a significant ruling on the standing of independent contractors, a full Federal Court has upheld an appeal by two truck drivers pursuing unpaid leave and superannuation entitlements after working exclusively for a multinational company for almost 40 years.



Chief executive's dismissal challenge backfires spectacularly

A court has given a publicly-listed veterinary pharmaceutical company the go-ahead to pursue its former chief executive for a significant portion of more than US$400,000 paid to settle assault and s-x discrimination cases brought by two members of its marketing team.

Court allows workers to maintain class action

The Federal Court has refused to "declass", provide an "opt-in" or make a common fund order for a major class action that is seeking entitlements for at least 3350 telecommunications workers allegedly misclassified as subcontractors.

BlueScope had no "unilateral" right to shave contracts

A court has held that BlueScope Steel repudiated the contracts of managerial employees by taking them off annualised salary arrangements under a 2015 Port Kembla steelworks rescue plan said to have cut their pay by more than $20,000.

Tech giant can't retrospectively cap sales commissions: Court

Hewlett Packard must pay an overperforming sales executive more than $370,000 to honour a decade-old unpaid bonus, after the technology giant failed to establish that it can retrospectively cap commissions if employees substantially exceed targets.