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Tribunal refuses to extend helping hand to sacked worker

A worker sacked after allegedly masturbating at work when he claimed he was scratching a persistent rash between his pubic bone and belly button has failed to establish that his employer discriminated against him on the basis of an impairment.

"Gay" colleague disputed touching was inappropriate: Claim

Financial services company IOOF is facing simultaneous adverse action claims, one from a former senior manager who alleges it sacked her because she was suffering from workplace stress and another from a manager claiming sexual harassment and gender discrimination.

Court backs PepsiCo's pursuit of embezzler

A PepsiCo subsidiary has won a $4.5 million order against a former finance manager who siphoned the money off to personal accounts before falsely claiming his wife had committed suicide and absconding overseas.

Fond farewell email sparked sacking, claims manager

A long serving manager who group-replied to a colleague's departure announcement expressing surprise at his leaving claims it led to his own sacking after being accused by his supervisor of lacking professionalism.

"Overly assertive" Cleanaway CEO walks the plank

In further evidence of shifting workplace standards, the chief executive of ASX-listed Cleanaway Waste has resigned after last year volunteering to forgo $2 million in performance-linked shares following complaints about his "overly assertive behaviour".

US organised labour back in play under "union man" Biden

New US President Joe Biden has come to office on a "pro-union" platform pledging to increase the national minimum wage to $US15 an hour and push through laws making it easier for workers to organise and bargain collectively.

Account director did not foresee Oracle sacking

A former ANZ account director at Oracle Australia who claims he was told he had zero emotional intelligence before being sacked without warning is suing it in an adverse action claim seeking more than $780,000 plus commissions and penalties.

Bench rejects "global" approach to multiple breaches

In a significant ruling clarifying how penalties for multiple contraventions should be assessed, a full Federal Court has in cutting by more than half a $445,000 fine imposed on the CEPU rejected a judge's "global" approach to the historic reporting breaches.

Test case looms on mandatory vaccinations

In a case likely to be closely watched by employers considering mandatory coronavirus vaccinations, the FWC will probe whether Ozcare unfairly sacked a long serving care assistant who refused a compulsory flu shot on allergy grounds, while the Commission has also weighed-in on the contentious issue of compulsory jabs for Santas.

Porter to start vax discussions next month

IR Minister Christian Porter says that talks will soon start with employers and unions to work through the complex legal and workplace safety issues surrounding the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.