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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Employee asked to be on-call during annual leave wins unfair dismissal case

An employee of a Victorian chicken farm has won an unfair dismissal claim against his employer after he was sacked for refusing to be on-call during his annual leave. by Kirsten Robb

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Federal Court upholds landmark Sunday penalty ruling

The Federal Court has rejected a union appeal of a Fair Work Commission decision to reduce penalty rates for Sundays under the 2010 Restaurant Industry Award. by Andrew Sadauskas

Monday, 18 August 2014

Time out for Melbourne childcare centre after underpaying staff almost $140,000

A Melbourne childcare centre has been found to have underpaid 114 of its staff almost $140,000 after an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman. by Kirsten Robb

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Senator Bob Day calls for workers to be able to “opt out” of the Fair Work system

Family First Senator Bob Day is calling for the federal government to allow young workers to “opt out” of the Fair Work Act if they want to. by Eloise Keating

Brisbane hotel puts underpayment case to bed, paying $140,000 in back-pay

A Brisbane company that owns a hotel, spa, shopping complex and several liquor stores has agreed to pay $140,000 in back-pay to 79 of its workers. by Kirsten Robb

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Gloria Jean’s franchise compensates worker sacked for querying pay

The operator of a former Gloria Jean’s coffee shop in Sydney’s Kings Cross has paid $2000 in compensation to a worker who was sacked after she queried her pay rate. by Kirsten Robb

Monday, 28 July 2014

Workers should move for jobs, says Business Council’s new boss

Workers should be willing to move interstate or overseas for work, according to the new president of the Business Council of Australia, Catherine Livingstone. by Kirsten Robb

FWO more likely to litigate against small businesses: Report

The Fair Work Ombudsman is more likely to engage in litigation against small businesses compared to medium and large-sized companies, according to a report released by researchers at the University of Melbourne last week. by Eloise Keating

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Personal internet use unfair dismissal case fails due to poor investigation

An employee who was dismissed for accessing blocked websites from work and visiting personal websites has managed to win an unfair dismissal case, on the grounds he should have been counselled first. by Andrew Sadauskas
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