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Dismissal upheld over threatening text messages

A recent Fair Work Commission decision to uphold the dismissal of an employee for sending threatening text messages and making statements of a sexually harassing nature has shone a light on issues...

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Former Cummins employee reinstated with $1.1M Backpay

Following a recent Federal Court decision, global engine manufacturer Cummins Group was forced to reinstate a 34-year senior employee who it had sacked three years ago; and pay him A$1.1 million in...

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Fair work audits remote communities

Fair Work has continued with a range of compliance audits across businesses in remote communities in Australia, including those in the mining communities. The Fair Work Ombudsman recently completed...

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Nurofen Plus sacking upheld by Fair Work Commission

A recent decision by the Fair Work Commission to not reinstate a worker after he was sacked for taking Nurofen Plus on the job has shone a light on the need for employee compliance with direction...

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Whistleblower protection laws passed

New laws requiring organisations to protect whistleblowers and implement whistleblowing policies have passed through the Australian Government and is expected to come into effect on 1 July. On 19...

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‘Sour grapes’ unfair dismissal | What not to do!

If you’re thinking about an unfair dismissal claim to seek revenge or inflict damage on your employer, you should think twice. A recent decision by the Fair Work Commission has resulted in...

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Cut to coal miners accident pay

According to a media release by the CFMEU, the length of time coal mineworkers can claim accident pay under the Black Coal Mining Industry Award has been slashed by one-third in the Fair Work...

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Casuals may ask for permanent jobs from today

From today, some casual mining workers will be able to ask their employers for permanent positions if they have worked in that job for 12 months. The ruling by the Fair Work Commission allows casuals...

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Miner loses beard at work battle with BHP Billiton

AN Adelaide man has been left in a prickly situation, after losing a battle with BHP Billiton for unfair dismissal when he was shaved from the company for having a beard at work. The Fair Work...