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  1. FWC rules that dismissal of “strongly progressive” church worker was unfair

    6 September 2019 | Insurance & Health Law

    A church worker was unfairly dismissed when she failed to secure a new role in a restructure. In Issue Was the employee’s dismissal a case of genuine redundancy? Was the employee’s dismissal unfair? The Background The applicant (Ms Bleyerveen)...

  2. Employer fails to give sufficient reasons for refusing a flexible work request

    22 March 2019 | Insurance & Health Law

    An employee submitted a dispute after his request for a flexible working arrangement was rejected by his employer. The employer initially justified its refusal with reasons within the prescribed 21 day period, but sought to rely on further reasons during...

  3. FWC upholds dismissal of glass-throwing employee at work Christmas party

    12 December 2018 | Insurance & Health Law

    The Fair Work Commission made a significant decision on out-of -hours conduct in finding that ALDI had a valid reason to dismiss an employee for throwing a full glass of beer over the heads of other employees at a work Christmas function. In Issue Was...

  4. Unfair dismissal claim fails despite flaw in dismissal procedural

    11 September 2018 | Insurance & Health Law

    An employee was dismissed after providing intentionally false information on his CV regarding the duration of his previous employment. The employee's conduct outweighed the employer's failure to provide a sufficient opportunity to respond to the...

  5. “A Coal Mine - not a Convent” – termination for verbally abusing fellow employees was harsh, unjust and unreasonable

    22 June 2018 | Insurance & Health Law

    Mr Matthew Gosek, an electrical technician, was dismissed by his employer due to an incident that occurred whilst he was under the influence of alcohol when he used inappropriate language towards eight of his co-workers over the phone. Mr Gosek made an...

  6. Accountant who was aware of facts giving rise to client's underpayment contraventions held to be liable as an accessory

    23 March 2018 | Insurance & Health Law

    The Federal Circuit Court of Australia imposed a fine on an accountancy firm, Ezy Accounting 123 Pty Ltd, on the basis that it was involved in and accessorially liable for several contraventions of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) by the operator of a...

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