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Director counted-in as dismissal case waved through

The FWC has allowed a worker to proceed with her unfair dismissal case after it found that counting the employer's director and company secretary lifted numbers above the 15-employee threshold that excludes small businesses.

Stand-down burden fell unfairly on single team member

In a decision reinforcing the need for pandemic-affected employers to spread the burden fairly, the FWC has found that a multi-billion-dollar business should have reduced hours across a head office team instead of standing down one of its members for an indefinite period.

Government inquiry recommends codifying gig workers' status

The Victorian government's landmark inquiry into the on-demand workforce recommends codifying work status in the Fair Work Act rather than relying on "indistinct" common law tests, as well as relaxing laws to enable those engaged in the gig economy to bargain collectively.

Senior tribunal member rejects ex-lawyer's "blatant bias" claim

A senior FWC member has declined to recuse himself from hearing an unfair dismissal case brought by a disbarred lawyer who accused him of "blatant bias" and having a "sweet little racket" bullying unrepresented workers.

FWC upholds sacking of traumatised whistleblower

The FWC has upheld Essential Energy's dismissal of a whistleblowing risk manager deemed unable to perform her job's inherent requirements after suffering PTSD and taking extended leave following a finding that she breached its code of conduct.

BHP labour hire deals not genuinely agreed: FWC

BHP's attempt to win approval of two enterprise deals to entrench an in-house labour hire company that now employs more than 2000 workers across its mining operations has been dealt a major blow by an FWC full bench majority, which has ruled that its failure to properly explain pay arrangements meant the workforce did not genuinely agree.

"Overloaded" Virgin manager seeking $250,000 compensation

An account manager who is suing Virgin Australia for alleged pregnancy discrimination and adverse action says it imposed an excessive workload when she returned from her first period of parental leave and made her redundant during her second.

Bench finds JobKeeper direction unreasonable

In a decision highlighting the need for JobKeeper-enabling directions to be reasonable, an FWC full bench has quashed a finding that Prosegur rightly required full-time, part-time and casual armoured vehicle operators to work a minimum 25 hours a week.