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Gina's inadequately explained rail deal approved via undertakings

A senior FWC member has expressed "no hesitancy" in departing from full bench authorities on whether undertakings can overcome genuine agreement concerns, approving a deal made with two train drivers that will cover an entire workforce on the Roy Hill Pilbara mine network.

Fire-damaged machinery, not bushfires, caused stand down: Bench

A wood mill operator does not have to pay its former workforce for a five-week stand-down period after an FWC full bench confirmed that the time lost was due to damaged machinery, rather than the bushfires that rendered it inoperative in the first place.



Bench delivers opening round win for redundant seafarers

In a decision clarifying the interplay between model terms and agreement clauses, a shipping company facing multiple challenges to alleged redundancies has failed to convince an FWC full bench that a model clause cancels out consultation requirements in its agreement.

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.

"Bad look" pregnant worker wins compensation

A bottle shop attendant told by her manager that she would not be able to work in a bar while pregnant because it was "a bad look" has been awarded almost $40,000 in compensation and penalties, a court finding there was "no doubt" the employer breached adverse action provisions.

Professor wins $1.2 million for "egregious" sacking

An academic found to have been unlawfully dismissed by James Cook University over criticisms of prominent climate research has been awarded more than $1.2 million, the presiding judge excoriating the institution over its "egregious abuse of power" and public statements intended to "sow doubt" about his findings.

Assembling before pre-start meeting starts clock on work: FWC

In a significant decision on the nature of work, the FWC has ruled that employees required to attend a worksite assembly point by a prescribed time before being transported to a pre-start meeting should be paid for the intervening period.