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Big payout for GM sacked over safety complaint

A former general manager has won more than $120,000 in penalties and $240,000 in unpaid share entitlements after the Federal Circuit Court found his employers breached his employment contract and sacked him for making a safety complaint to Worksafe.

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.

Pilots' union makes new bid to expand turf

The Australian Federation of Air Pilots has revived an application to expand its rules to allow it to retain members who move to Qantas mainline, after the FWC a year ago rejected it because of a technical error.

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.

Tribunal backs sacking over unlawful industrial action

The FWC has upheld a Qantas subsidiary's sacking of a worker who made a deliberate, pre-meditated decision to participate in unprotected industrial action that delayed flights and led to some departing without any catering onboard.

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.

Woolies' mass redundancies spark union outcry

The SDA has lodged an FWC dispute questioning whether thousands of Woolworths redundancies are genuine and claiming the retailer failed to adequately consult on the restructure, which RAFFWU has labelled "cover" for roster changes designed to circumvent penalty rates.

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.