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Worker should have raised concerns with HR, investigator: FWC

In throwing out a constructive dismissal claim, the FWC has rejected a former Westpac employee's allegation that a "complicit" bank executive undermined the legitimacy of an investigation that exposed "kickbacks" she received for referring customers to an external broker.

"Late starter" denied flexitime: Claim

A worker who describes herself as a "late starter" is seeking either reinstatement or almost $1 million, claiming the Defence Department dismissed her for numerous prohibited reasons including her age and complaints about being denied flexible working hours.


High Court grants special leave to appeal contractor ruling

The High Court has today granted special leave for an employer to challenge a court finding that two truck drivers who worked exclusively for a multinational for almost 40 years had an entitlement to unpaid leave and superannuation entitlements.

Deloitte concedes expectation of retirement at 62

Deloitte in defending an auditor's age discrimination case admits telling him it expects partners to retire once they turn 62 but claims he has suffered no loss given he has chosen to stay on.


Employer says HR advisor sacked for "hit list" claims

Dairy cooperative Norco claims it sacked an HR advisor because she told colleagues its board was considering dismissing its new chief executive and warned them they were on his "hit list", rather than in retaliation for her role in probing complaints against him.

Bench takes issue with counting dole in payout

In a significant decision on calculating compensation for unfairly dismissed workers, an FWC bench has concluded that a presidential member failed to properly account for JobSeeker payments or fully articulate the reasoning behind her final figure.

Junk onerous casual conversion process: Fast food giant

McDonald's, the sole corporation to make a submission to the Omnibus Bill inquiry, is calling for substantial amendments to casual conversion provisions and the BOOT, indicating the legislation's changes to the latter are insufficient to renew its interest in enterprise bargaining.

Law firm wins costs against partner who claimed s-x bias

The Federal Court has ordered costs against a lawyer denied leave to pursue a s-x discrimination claim, finding she did not establish a reasonably arguable case that a law firm used bullying allegations to oust her as a partner because she was a "strong female leader".