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HR team given approving tick over inherent requirements sacking

In what stands as a best-practice model for inherent requirements dismissals, the FWC has endorsed an HR department's handling of a complex case involving an injured storeperson unable to lift more than five kilograms.

Department's failure to use HR experts led to unfair sacking: FWC

The Victorian Department of Parliamentary Services' failure to utilise its HR expertise has contributed to a finding that it unfairly sacked a senior electoral officer on the basis that he lost the trust and confidence of the Labor candidate he served.


"No grounds" for doctor's bullying assessment: FWC

A tribunal member has in rejecting a late unfair dismissal application cast doubt on the merits of a medical certificate asserting the worker was suffering from depression caused by workplace bullying, questioning whether the doctor was qualified to make such an assessment.

HR manager's silence scuttles marine deal variation

The FWC has prevented a large employer from varying an agreement after its HR manager failed to fully address concerns the amendment could remove some employees from coverage without their knowledge.

Cryogenic insulators frozen out of BOOT test: Bench

In a significant decision on the scope of agreements, an FWC full bench has quashed the approval of a deal measured exclusively against the manufacturing award, despite coverage extending to cryogenic insulators and concreters.

Guard awarded $30K after sacking over drunk patient clash

In a reminder of the need for employers to strictly follow disciplinary procedures, the FWC has ordered a hospital pay more than $30,000 to a former security guard unfairly sacked over his treatment of an absconding mental health patient.

Disputed dismissal date not given enough regard: Bench

A tribunal member failed to properly regard the disputed date of an embassy employee's dismissal in refusing to allow him to proceed with a general protections claim, an FWC full bench has found.

Late dismissal case proceeds after employer caused "confusion"

The FWC has in accepting a worker's late unfair dismissal application overlooked her failure to include her former employer in emails seeking numerous time extensions, finding it balanced by her willingness to "engage" with the Commission in pursuing the matter.

Ex-bank executive sacked over silent treatment pursues big payout

A former top bank executive who purportedly resisted efforts to involve him in a management buy-out of a prominent property business is now chasing substantial compensation through the courts, claiming he was summarily dismissed for alleged misconduct just days after making his case for exit payments.