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Workpac redundancy not genuine: FWC

The FWC has found the redundancy of a FIFO labour hire coal mineworker affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions not genuine, holding that Workpac failed to meet its consult obligations after BHP said it no longer needed him.


Fair to sack worker who refused flu vax: FWC

In a significant decision acknowledging the "scarce" guidance on compulsory workplace COVID-19 vaccinations, the FWC has upheld a big employer's dismissal of a childcare worker for refusing to take a free flu shot.

Court action as CFMMEU internal strife continues

A CFMMEU official has launched Federal Court action to block a manufacturing division conference convening until delayed internal elections are completed in June.

Gina's train deal finally leaves station

A contentious agreement covering train drivers servicing the Roy Hill Pilbara mine network has finally been approved by the FWC, two years after being unanimously voted up by two employees.

Casual review paper raises curly questions

A discussion paper on the casual terms award review raises 32 questions for parties to answer in their submissions, including whether common clauses prescribing minimum payments and engagement periods are within its ambit, ahead of a conference this week and hearings slated for mid-June.

"Make HR accountable" for preventing harassment: Report

HR managers and supervisors in the legal system should have to meet KPIs on prevention, detection and responsiveness to sexual harassment, according to the report of the landmark Szoke Review of Victoria's courts and tribunals.

Sacked picker compensated after "unfortunate" HR investigation

The FWC has criticised a company's "entirely unjust" process in sacking a long-serving mushroom picker for misplacing a knife, while noting her prior unblemished disciplinary record contrasted strangely with a swathe of warnings following a workplace injury.

FWC warning over "shorthand" assumptions in settlements

The FWC has cautioned against parties assuming they have a common understanding of notions like "usual terms" and "mutual release" in settlement agreements, after an accountant decided to proceed with her unfair dismissal case following apparently successful conciliation.

Supervisor seeking big unpaid overtime payout

A supervisor who served his employer for almost 30 years is now pursuing it in the Federal Circuit Court for almost $250,000 to cover eight years of alleged unpaid overtime and super, plus interest and penalties.