The Fair Work Commission has ordered the managing director of a company - issued three bullying-related WHS improvement notices - not to use his lawyers to communicate with a worker, in a suite of stop-bullying orders that clarify the worker's role and who can discipline her.
In an undecided case highlighting the risk of conflict between company functions, a workers' comp manager has claimed her employer took adverse action against her for making complaints about its national health and safety manager.
Employers are entitled to alter workers' flexible working arrangements to improve their performance, but one manager's hasty attempt to do so was unreasonable, a tribunal has found in an injury dispute.
Employers are increasingly scrutinising workers' out-of-hours conduct, but must ensure any resulting disciplinary measures aren't excessive, a commissioner has stressed in ordering the reinstatement of a worker who got drunk and vomited at a client's function.
A Qantas worker has, for the second time, failed to overturn his dismissal for "unintentionally" downing 14 standard drinks at a bar and collapsing before a shift, with a Fair Work Commission full bench finding intention is not a necessary element of misconduct warranting dismissal.
A senior insurance lawyer has outlined increasingly common work-from-home scenarios that can lead to psychological injury or harassment claims, and how managers can avoid them through "human-centred soft skills".
The Fair Work Commission has upheld the dismissals of a worker who sent a "Snapchat" of his p-nis to a colleague, and another who smoked outside a designated area. It has also ordered an employer to pay nearly $70,000 to a worker who was dismissed for a single line of abuse to a contractor.