A worker who offered a co-worker medication that he purportedly obtained "off the dark web", to help the co-worker stay awake, was rightly dismissed for supplying prescription drugs in the workplace, a commission has found.
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 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.
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.