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FWC upholds sacking of traumatised whistleblower

The FWC has upheld Essential Energy's dismissal of a whistleblowing risk manager deemed unable to perform her job's inherent requirements after suffering PTSD and taking extended leave following a finding that she breached its code of conduct.


Tribunal lauds employer's handling of safety-shy worker

The FWC has upheld the "scrupulously fair" sacking of a second-in-charge installation worker over multiple safety breaches, including some so fundamental he should not have needed training to prevent them.

107-day hiatus granted until teenage witness finishes studies

The FWC has adjourned a dismissal case for at least 107 days so that a Catholic secondary school's "critical witness", the person purportedly "most affected and/or aggrieved" by the alleged conduct of a sacked teacher, can finish his final-year exams and turn 18 before giving evidence.

Order to complete COVID-19 survey a lawful direction

The FWC has upheld a recruitment company's dismissal of a consultant who refused, as the coronavirus pandemic escalated in early March, to complete a survey about his recent history of travel to destinations with moderate to high COVID-19 risks.

Safety rep sacked for "non-event" ignored critical protocols: FWC

In a decision highlighting the importance of strictly following safety procedures, the FWC has upheld Griffin Coal's sacking of a safety representative over an incident he considered a "non-event" and an investigation team deemed minor.


"Zoned out" truckie's sacking upheld

The FWC has upheld the summary dismissal of a truck driver who failed to provide a urine sample after a three-hour wait at a medical clinic, finding he did not make a reasonable effort to fix the problem.


Nurse with hearing loss disadvantaged by rigid shift rules

NSW Health must compensate a registered nurse for lost shift penalties and refrain from rostering her on morning and night shifts after a tribunal found it indirectly discriminated against her on the basis of her hearing impairment.