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Court orders aggravated damages for s-xual harassment

A law firm's principal solicitor must pay $170,000 in damages after subjecting a paralegal to months of s-xual harassment that included a "bombardment" of inappropriate emails, coerced hugs and veiled threats that her employment depended on them starting a relationship.

UK inquiry seeks to restrict use of non-disclosure agreements

In a finding that might influence Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick's inquiry into sexual harassment, a UK parliamentary inquiry has recommended legislating to outlaw non-disclosure agreements that restrict "legitimate discussion" of unlawful discrimination and harassment.

Reliance on web access sinks 13% deal

In the latest FWC decision contemplating whether "minor" procedural or technical errors stand in the way of approving an agreement, a senior tribunal member has shot down a deal that delivered workers a 13% pay rise but relied on them accessing the underlying award via the internet.

Sacked for political views, claims One Nation candidate

A One Nation candidate is suing over alleged adverse action based on her political views after she was sacked by a renewable energy company over campaign material said to conflict with its interests and for taking unauthorised days off in the lead-up to the Federal election.

Member wrongly divined Chinese company's "sinister" motive: Bench

Quashing a finding that an airline unfairly dismissed a sales manager who refused to relocate to Beijing after breaching luggage security, an FWC full bench says a tribunal member wrongly ascribed a "sinister" motive to his transfer.


Redetermine means "to determine the matter again": FWC bench

An FWC full bench has confirmed that redeterminations require the tribunal to contemplate matters afresh, quashing a senior member's orders that would have allowed her to consider just three specified issues and limit evidence in revisiting Alcoa's bid to bin its WA deal.

Uber's contractor model given FWO tick

Uber's business model in Australia has survived another round of regulatory scrutiny, the FWO deciding not to take compliance action after determining that its drivers are not employees.

Bid to add APS Commissioner to bullying claim rejected

A public servant has failed to convince the FWC to let her to amend her bullying application to include the Australian Public Service Commissioner, alleging he dealt with her complaints against the head of a financial security agency in a "grossly unfair manner" and made "vexatious allegations".

Big companies "getting it wrong" on payroll: James

Former Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James has warned of IR specialists kept in cupboards, time bombs for HR managers and nightmare scenarios caused by "fundamental misunderstandings", in a speech to an Ai Group forum.