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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.