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Reinstatement, backpay for nurse sacked over weight

A nurse sacked over her morbid obesity and unfitness to perform duties has won reinstatement and nearly three years' backpay, but a tribunal says she might not sufficiently recover from health setbacks caused by her lengthy suspension and wrongful dismissal.

"Emphatic" rejection of case no basis for costs: Judge

Coles has failed to win more than $25,000 costs sought against an experienced Indian lawyer who unsuccessfully spent almost two years trying to challenge his sacking from one of its supermarkets while qualifying to practice in Australia.

HR failed to flag obligations to injured worker: FWC

The FWC has awarded compensation to a sacked childcare worker after noting the "disturbing" failure of a company's HR department to inform the chief executive of protections for employees forced to take time off due to illness or injury.

Employer's inaction can provide basis for adverse action: Court

A court has struck out pleadings by an ASX-listed investment company's portfolio manager that his employer's "privileged" conduct in an FWC conciliation conference breached adverse action provisions, while confirming inaction can also fall foul of them.

I wouldn't be facing sack if female: Manager

A Viva Energy manager who claims a female colleague sexually harassed him after he took her back to his hotel room while she was intoxicated is accusing his employer of discriminating against him, as it would not consider sacking him if he was a woman.

NDIA not guilty of unlawful adverse action: Court

A court has held that a senior National Disability Insurance Agency HR and safety executive who accepted a "very significant financial inducement" to retire early had not been subjected to unlawful adverse action due to his alleged protected disclosures and employment disputes, finding him the "unfortunate victim of a restructure".

FWC to re-hear case of lawyers sacked for "insubordination"

A criminal lawyer has succeeded in overturning findings that he unfairly sacked two solicitors he accused of "insubordination" and "sabotage", a FWC bench ruling that a tribunal member was too dismissive of his explanation for missing a hearing.

Sacked after workload complaint, claims manager

In an adverse action claim accusing labour hire company Chandler Macleod and its chief executive of discrimination based on gender, age and/or s-xual orientation, the former executive GM of its contract cleaning arm alleges she was sacked for complaining about a workload issue.

FWC pulls trigger on loaded rates for hospitality industry

Hospitality industry employers have won approval to roll up overtime, penalty and split-shift rates for full-time higher-paid workers after a FWC full bench rejected union concerns that changing the award for a small cohort could leave a broader group of employees worse off.

Law clear about decisions on the papers: FWC bench

An employer will get another chance to argue that it did not dismiss a worker after a four-member FWC bench determined that the company's jurisdictional objection should not have been decided on the papers.