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Tribunal scolds BHP for procedural fairness defects

The FWC has admonished a BHP subsidiary for taking a "haphazard" approach to its disciplinary guidelines, finding it had a valid reason to sack a mineworker for her "deviant" conduct when she put a s-x toy in a colleague's carry-on baggage, but procedural failings made it unfair.

Dismissal round-up: Spam excuse wins extension; & more

Time extended after application lands in spam folder; Woolies failed to clarify termination date; FWC upholds sacking for taking unauthorised leave; and Tribunal backs dismissal for threat to "kill" manager.

Senior FWC member resists bench's recusal advice

A senior FWC member has sought to contain the fall-out from a full bench decision recommending those conciliating a matter should automatically cease arbitrating it if a party objects, observing that simply sending an email citing the case does not guarantee success for such requests.

University seeks damages from "whistleblower" academic

Murdoch University is seeking compensation for a dip in international student enrolments and damage to its reputation in a cross-claim against an academic who is accusing it of retaliatory adverse action over alleged public interest disclosures to the media.


Union to appeal dismissal over Hitler parody video

The AWU will argue that a senior FWC member failed to factor in the "true nature and effect" of a BP technician's Hitler parody video in its appeal against her decision upholding his sacking.


Sacked salesperson dug hole, "and kept digging": FWC

The FWC has upheld the sacking of a car salesperson accused of forging a customer's signature to secure finance on a vehicle, finding the alleged misconduct of "sufficient gravity" to outweigh an imperfect dismissal process.

FWC rounds on representative over "shocking" witness statement

The FWC has extended time for a dismissal claim by 41 days due to errors by an IR representative, accusing him of "feckless and egregious" conduct in filing a client's witness statement without showing it to him first.

Big employer needed "open mind" on leave timing: Court

The Federal Court has fined Airservices Australia for consciously failing to consult workers before forcing them to take leave during a Christmas/New Year shutdown period, observing there was "no point" in doing so once they returned to work.