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FWC bench spells out prerequisites for legal representation

An FWC full bench has clarified the preconditions for employers being granted legal representation, rejecting a presidential member's opinion that jurisdictional questions are inherently complex and dismissing "bare assertions" about an HR team's incapacity to contest a case.

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.

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.

"Complicated" $65m class action settles for $2m

The Federal Court has approved the $2.05 million settlement of a $65 million class action against marketing agency Appco after finding that further attempts to increase the sum would "likely be a case of throwing good money after bad".

Mask objector claims Auntie took adverse action

An ABC makeup artist who claims her Lyme disease makes it unsafe to wear an anti-coronavirus mask and wants to instead don a shield is suing the broadcaster for discriminatory adverse action after it allegedly removed her from its roster.

High Court set to hear Lunt case

The High Court will next month hear robo-stevedore VICT's bid for a finding that MUA delegate Richard Lunt committed an abuse of process when he acted as the "front man" for the union's bid to overturn an enterprise agreement.

MacBank's defective pay system an easy spot: Court

Macquarie Bank's HR department designed a defective pay system that a competent IR lawyer would have quickly identified, the Federal Circuit Court has held in fining the bank $330,000 on top of $1.3 million in compensation owing to wealth advisors.