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Australia Post unit loses bid for quick win in sexual harassment case
Employment 2024-07-24 11:57 pm By Cindy Cameronne

Star Track Express has lost its bid to summarily dismiss a lawsuit by a warehouse worker who claims it is vicariously liable for sexual harassment after the logistics company argued she had no contractual relationship with the business.

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Ex-ATO worker was not forced to resign amid murder charges, FWC finds
Employment 2024-07-24 11:37 pm By Cindy Cameronne

A former employee of the Australian Taxation Office who faced murder charges over a cold case from 1984, which have since been dropped, has lost his unfair dismissal case after the FWC found he was not forced to resign. 

Super Retail hit with Fair Work complaints by former senior executives
Employment 2024-07-23 11:35 pm By Christine Caulfield

Two former executives of Rebel Sports owner Super Retail Group have filed action in the Fair Work Commission alleging contraventions related to their dismissal from the company.

McDonald’s opposes ‘skewed’ employee samples in underpayments class action
Class Actions 2024-07-22 3:06 pm By Cindy Cameronne

McDonald’s has raised concerns about a “skewed” sample of employees for the initial trial in a class action alleging the fast food giant denied shift managers compensation for pre- and post-shift work.

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Ex-Sydney Flames coach Shane Heal escapes costs over failed Fair Work case
Employment 2024-07-19 11:05 pm By Sam Matthews

A judge has declined to order costs against basketball coach Shane Heal in his failed Fair Work case against the Sydney Flames, saying Heal’s claims were not “advanced without any factual or legal basis”.

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Class action filings set for lowest year in decade, law firm report says
Class Actions 2024-07-18 2:37 pm By Christine Caulfield

The number of new class actions so far this year has fallen short of recent years, and not a single shareholder proceeding has been lodged in 2024 to date, according to a new report.

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Slater & Gordon admits to staff underpayments of at least $300,000
Employment 2024-07-18 11:51 pm By Christine Caulfield

Plaintiff law firm Slater & Gordon has admitted to a payroll error affecting at least 100 current and former employees that has resulted in underpayments of at least $300,000.

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Judge gives law firm tough time over extra costs to distribute BSA class action settlement
Employment 2024-07-17 11:34 pm By Christine Caulfield

A law firm has secured more funds to cover the cost of distributing a $20 million settlement reached in a class action against telco contractor BSA, but not as much as it wanted, with a judge saying the firm would have been stuck with its initial estimate if the administration gig had been put out to tender.

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Super Retail Group’s action against lawyers wants lid on info ahead of employees’ case
Employment 2024-07-17 11:57 pm By Christine Caulfield

Preemptive action brought by Rebel Sports owner Super Retail Group against lawyers acting for the retailer’s employees in a proposed $50 million lawsuit seeks court orders concealing information expected to be filed in the case.

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Law firm director sacked assistant in ChatGPT-written text message, FWC finds
AI 2024-07-17 9:36 pm By Sam Matthews

The director of a Perth law firm fired a legal assistant by a text message that was generated with ChatGPT, the Fair Work Commission has found.

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