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Alleged "tax dodges" at heart of sacked advisor's $13M claim

A former Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills partner is suing the advisory firm for $13 million after claiming that it constructively dismissed him for questioning major client Lendlease's "aggressive" approach to tax on several projects.

Casual can't be axed at will: Full bench

A judge incorrectly ruled that employers can "simply end" a casual worker's employment whenever they wish, a full Federal Court has found.

Adverse action finding "contaminated" by conspiracy theory

The Federal Court has ordered a case be retried after finding the chair and temporary chief executive of a large charity were not afforded a chance to properly challenge a ruling that they conspired to oust a problematic finance team member caught up in divisive internal politics.

Meat wholesaler on hook for unreasonable extra hours

In a rare Federal Court ruling on reasonable additional hours, a large employer faces penalties for numerous Fair Work Act and award breaches after being found to have employed a recently-arrived "third-world" migrant on a 50-hour week in which shifts began at 2am.

Bench clears way for $1M unlawful sacking damages claim

Sydney Water has failed to quash a FWC finding that clears the way for a former employee whose image was used in a suggestive OHS poster to pursue more than $1 million in damages on the basis its botched response forced her to resign.

Qantas flags High Court appeal in outsourcing case

The TWU has vowed to fight for a substantial compensation package for almost 2000 former ground handlers and Qantas says it will appeal after a full court upheld a finding it took adverse action by outsourcing their roles, but refused to order reinstatement.

Newsflash: Qantas loses outsourcing appeal

Qantas has failed to overturn a Federal Court adverse action finding over its shunning of a TWU in-house bid when the airline decided to outsource the work of 2000 ground-handlers.

Multinational's HR "sloppiness" not adverse action: Court

"Diffuse" employment-related decision-making processes in sprawling corporations pose a particular challenge for those trying to establish they have been dismissed for prohibited reasons, according to a federal court judge.


Sacked for refusing assessment, not for complaining: Court

A court has thrown out an adverse action case pursued by an Aldi truck driver sacked for refusing a psychological assessment, noting he might have been better off making an unfair dismissal claim.