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Underutilization of women in Fair Work Commission

Female Deputy Presidents of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) are being sidelined from leadership over significant matters coming before the tribunal, presiding over just 3% of Full Bench determinations...

A BHP work Christmas party had disastrous outcomes for employees after one punched a supervisor

BHP work Christmas party that went horribly wrong

A recent case of the Fair Work Commission involving two BHP workers reportedly punching a ‘noticeably drunk’ supervisor in the face at the Moranbah Bowls Club has highlighted the...

threatening text messages have seen a workers claim denied by Fair Work Australia

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...