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Reinstatement for worker made an "example"

The FWC has redrawn an employer's "line in the sand" over the use of mobile phones while driving forklifts, ordering it to reinstate and compensate a worker after concluding he was harshly sacked for a first safety policy breach.

Tribunal opts not to side-step Uber employment question

A senior FWC member has decided to forge ahead and determine whether a "deactivated" Uber driver is an employee, rejecting a bid to stay his unfair dismissal claim until the Federal Court tackles the question in a case he is pursuing with the Rideshare Driver Network.

Rossato ruling puts FWC on hold over gig economy appeal

The High Court's Rossato judgment is already having a knock-on effect, with a FWC full bench questioning its effect on Deliveroo's appeal of a finding that a rider was an employee and proposing not to determine it until the High Court decides two more cases.

Inquiry backs FWC delay, but rejects "positive duty" call

A Coalition-dominated Senate inquiry has backed the FWC's request to delay implementing proposed extensions to its anti-sexual-harassment jurisdiction, but declined to support Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins' call to include her "positive duty" recommendation in the Morrison Government's Respect at Work legislation.

Bartender assaulted by manager awarded $150,000

A tribunal has ordered a restaurant manager accused of drugging and raping a bartender to pay aggravated and other damages of $150,000, after leaving the vulnerable international student too traumatised to keep working in the hospitality sector.

RBA won't enforce "pay secrecy" provision; & more

RBA won't enforce "pay secrecy" provision; Frozen wages thawing rapidly, says RBA; NSW Trains crewing change an "extra claim", says court; and Tributes after sudden death of US peak union body leader Trumka.

Indemnity costs against worker who made "meritless" claim

The FWC has ordered indemnity costs against a financial advisor held to have pursued a "meritless" unfair dismissal application nine months after resigning and a vexatious appeal because he believed his former employer was backing out of a separation deal.

Entry permit suspended for CFMMEU's Harkins

Apologies and claims that he conducted himself "out of character" have not spared a union official having his entry permit suspended over a confrontation in which he told a site foreman he did "give a f--k" what happened because he was near the end of his career.