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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.

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.

Court rebuffs ABCC take on CFMMEU "corrective measures"

The Federal Court has rejected the ABCC's "cynical" view of CFMMEU-commissioned entry rights training for an inexperienced organiser who pushed over a Fulton Hogan manager when pressing to access parts of a Monash Freeway project site in 2017.

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.

No privacy breach after cosmetics theft

The privacy watchdog has rejected a complaint that a pharmacy invaded a worker's privacy when it showed her employer CCTV footage proving she stole cosmetics while wearing her uniform.


Employer's inaction can provide basis for adverse action: Court

A court has struck out pleadings by an ASX-listed investment company's portfolio manager that his employer's "privileged" conduct in an FWC conciliation conference breached adverse action provisions, while confirming inaction can also fall foul of them.

Damages for hurt feelings after "callous" sacking

A tribunal has awarded $3000 for injury to the feelings of a worker who changed careers as a result of her employer's threats when it "callously" dismissed her, then locked her out.