Performance Management Done Right

Performance Management Done Right

A Nokia employee has lost an unfair dismissal claim finding performance management processes were correctly implemented. The 60-year-old Nokia employee supervised a telephone exchange site and had been employed for six years. Nokia received several complaints about...
Hospital Fined After a Nurse was Attacked

Hospital Fined After a Nurse was Attacked

A hospital has been fined for failing to protect the health and safety of a nurse who was violently attacked by a patient while working. The psychiatric nurse was working in the secure extended care unit ward of a Melbourne hospital when a patient experiencing...
Company Fined for 2016 Dreamworld Deaths

Company Fined for 2016 Dreamworld Deaths

Ardent Leisure, Dreamworld’s parent company have been fined $3.6 million after the deaths of four people on the Thunder River Rapids Ride in 2016. The company was found guilty of three breaches of workplace health and safety laws with a maximum penalty of $4.5...
Fired for a Facebook Post

Fired for a Facebook Post

An employee who posted a photo of his son on a company forklift was dismissed by his employer who saw the post on Facebook. The Fair Work Commission ruled there was a valid reason for dismissal however the employee should have been dismissed on notice and summary...
Tech Giant Caught Underpaying Staff

Tech Giant Caught Underpaying Staff

IBM, an international technology company, has entered an enforceable undertaking with the Fair Work Ombudsman. IBM has been forced to back pay over $12 million to more than 1,600 Australian employees after they failed to pay entitlements such as superannuation and...
Redundant Employee Found to be Unfairly Dismissed.

Redundant Employee Found to be Unfairly Dismissed.

When an employee was made redundant during a COVID-19 downturn his employer did not consult with him over the decision, causing him to miss out on staying employed through JobKeeper payments. His employment ended before the full details and eligibility of the...
Dismissed for Coughing in a Nurse’s Face

Dismissed for Coughing in a Nurse’s Face

The Fair Work Commission has ruled that a catering assistant in an aged care facility was justifiably dismissed for coughing in a nurse’s face while taking his temperature as a part of safety procedures. The part-time worker had been employed as a catering contractor...
Horticulture Industry Update

Horticulture Industry Update

The Fair Work Ombudsman has been monitoring workplace compliance in the horticulture industry. The release of the Harvest Trail Inquiry in 2018 reported widespread non-compliance in the sector particularly regarding underpayment. The Fair Work Ombudsman has been...
‘Contractor’ Truck Drivers were Employees

‘Contractor’ Truck Drivers were Employees

Two truck drivers who spent 40 years working for the same employer were found to be employees not independent contractors, meaning they were entitled to receive leave, redundancy, and superannuation payments. The case was first heard in 2017 by the Federal Court after...
Racist Remarks didn’t Justify a Dismissal

Racist Remarks didn’t Justify a Dismissal

An employee of the Reserve Bank Australia (RBA) who accidentally posted a racist message at work, has won his job back after the Fair Work Commission found that the procedural failings by the RBA made his dismissal unfair. The employee sent a message to a work group...

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