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Court orders $2.7m payout to sacked chief executive

An employer must pay $2.7 million in damages and interest to a former chief executive it sacked for alleged insider trading, after a court found claims that he offloaded company shares to take advantage of sensitive information before it became public "did not make sense".

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.

Social media post had sufficient nexus with workplace: FWC

In an important ruling on out-of-hours conduct, the FWC has found that an employer didn't need to receive a complaint before investigating then sacking a worker for sharing a p--nographic video via social media with friends who included 19 male and female work colleagues.

Contempt finding against director who dumped documents

The NSW Supreme Court has found a former senior employee of a company guilty of contempt of court and that parts of his defence against a confidential information claim should be struck out after he deleted documents from his laptop.

CIO's $500,000 payout after unhonoured verbal deal

Victoria's Court of Appeal has awarded a chief information officer more than $477,000 because his employer failed to honour a verbal agreement about his entitlements.

Sacking unfair for sharing pic of colleague's contract

An employer unfairly dismissed an underpaid 457 visa worker for sharing photos of a properly-remunerated colleague's employment contract, but the FWC has refused him compensation, ruling he did not suffer financially because of his successful workers' compensation claim.

Court halts SBS executive's defection to Aunty

A high-powered consultant with public broadcaster SBS has been temporarily stopped from taking up a role with the ABC and sharing confidential information with the rival network, after the NSW Supreme Court issued an interlocutory injunction.


Company wins former employees' first-year profits

Two managers must pay their former employer almost $50,000 in profits earned from a joint venture they established before moving to a competitor, after a Federal Court ruling.