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FWC full bench rules BHP's vax mandate "unreasonable"

In a decision that threatens to undermine employer attempts to impose COVID-19 vaccination mandates, a five-member FWC bench has ruled BHP failed to adequately consult with workers at its Mt Arthur mine before announcing deadlines on site access.

CUB had right to resist reinstatement of on-hire worker: Full Court

A full Federal Court has dismissed an on-hire worker's bid to overturn a FWC ruling that it could not force a labour hire company to reinstate him to his former job at client CUB, upholding the tribunal's finding giving primacy to the host employer's right to determine who it allowed on its site.

Virgin deleting COVID vax proof after health profile concerns

The aircraft engineers union says no employers should require proof of COVID-19 inoculations that include individual healthcare identifiers, with Virgin agreeing in consent orders to delete the material amid concerns they could be used to access medical histories for other purposes.

Late application allowed after tardy HR advice

The FWC has extended time for a Victorian tram driver wrongly told he could use his employer's internal appeals process to challenge his sacking, with the advice not corrected by HR until a day after the tribunal's filing deadline.

Parliament does not meet workplace standards: AHRC report

The Australian Human Rights Commission has recommended an independent body be established to enforce parliamentary codes of conduct after a third of staffers responding to its workplace review reported experiencing some form of sexual harassment.

Employer faces legal test over medicinal cannabis sacking

The law firm representing a Queensland Rail worker allegedly sacked for taking legally prescribed medical cannabis says his general protections test case could have significant ramifications.

Pfizer hold-out's abandoned case not unreasonable: FWC

The FWC has rejected a costs application against a worker who missed her employer's deadline to register for COVID-19 jabs because she was holding out for the Pfizer vaccine, at a time when its south-western Sydney location was subject to extra lockdown restrictions.

End of road for unvaxxed worker who relied on Dean dissent

A worker dismissed for failing to meet his employer's COVID-19 inoculation deadline has failed to win an extension of time for his day-late dismissal claim, after he rushed to lodge it in the wake of the landmark Kimber full bench ruling three days before the 21-day-limit.

Novavax-awaiting nurse refused extra time to contest sacking

A nurse sacked after seeking leave to wait for the Novavax vaccine to become available has failed to win an extension after mailing her unfair dismissal application just three days before the deadline, unlike another nurse who did not get vaccinated on time and sent her claim seven days before the cut-off.

Manager's "gumby" slur helps seal costs award

The FWC has ordered costs against a worker held to have called a colleague "Gumby", "Dumbo" and "Homer" while on a "connived power trip", finding he could have achieved his bid to clear his name by accepting a generous settlement offer.