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Reinstatement, backpay for nurse sacked over weight

A nurse sacked over her morbid obesity and unfitness to perform duties has won reinstatement and nearly three years' backpay, but a tribunal says she might not sufficiently recover from health setbacks caused by her lengthy suspension and wrongful dismissal.

WFH to be an individual arrangement: PC report

Most negotiations between employers and employees on working from home arrangements will remain outside the formal IR system, according to a new report by the Productivity Commission.

Cobwebbed deal axed despite worker fears

In a decision illustrating the delicate balancing act required of the FWC when considering axing old agreements, a recently-employed worker has succeeding in having a security company's 15-year-old deal scrapped over the loud objections of all but a few of his fellow employees.

"Emphatic" rejection of case no basis for costs: Judge

Coles has failed to win more than $25,000 costs sought against an experienced Indian lawyer who unsuccessfully spent almost two years trying to challenge his sacking from one of its supermarkets while qualifying to practice in Australia.


Tribunal member not empowered to grant representation: Court

Queensland's Industrial Court has reversed a single member decision letting external lawyers represent the State Government at a QIRC directions hearing on a Together Queensland award variation bid, finding only a full bench had the power to do so.

HR failed to flag obligations to injured worker: FWC

The FWC has awarded compensation to a sacked childcare worker after noting the "disturbing" failure of a company's HR department to inform the chief executive of protections for employees forced to take time off due to illness or injury.

FWC forced to devise workaround to replace lost permit

For the second time in a year, the FWC has assessed the suitability of a CPSU organiser to hold an entry permit after finding it lacked the power to simply replace her stolen one.

Ex-ground crew deserve answers ahead of Qantas appeal: Judge

A Federal Court judge will press ahead with hearing TWU arguments for reinstatement and compensation for almost 1700 former Qantas ground crew workers, despite the airline yesterday lodging an appeal against his decision that outsourcing their jobs was unlawful.

FWC to re-hear case of lawyers sacked for "insubordination"

A criminal lawyer has succeeded in overturning findings that he unfairly sacked two solicitors he accused of "insubordination" and "sabotage", a FWC bench ruling that a tribunal member was too dismissive of his explanation for missing a hearing.