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135UnfairDismissalCompensationThe Fair Work Commission (FWC) has ordered Toyota Motor Corporation Australia (TMCA) to pay a foreperson with overarching supervisory responsibility for some 69 team members the maximum compensation under the Fair Work Act’s unfair dismissal provisions after it failed to prove allegations of inappropriate behavior.

094ProtectingCustomerDataDid you know that in Australia, any organisation that handles personal information could be captured under the notifiable data breaches scheme which requires organisations to notify individuals whose personal information is involved in a data breach that is likely to result in serious harm.

081WorkerSackedForAbusiveSnapchatsAboutManagerThe Fair Work Commission has upheld the sacking of a long-term Coles employee who racially abused a co-worker and posted abusive and vulgar snapchats about his manager.

Coles sacked Ridwan Ridwan by letter last August for a series of foul-mouthed and aggressive tirades in the workplace.

Ridwan had worked at Coles for 21 years.

072PregnantWorkerNotWarnedBeforeSackingA travel consultant, sacked without warning while pregnant, has been awarded more than $19,000 in compensation, in part because she was found to be “a victim of a general reluctance to hire pregnant people”.

Green Travel Service dismissed Bernice Zhang, after three years of employment, on 14 September last year, citing a “constant lack of performance”.

068PayrollReportingATouchySubjectIf you are an employer the way you report payments, such as salaries and wages, pay as you go (PAYG) withholding and superannuation is changing. The ATO will need you to report these payments directly from your payroll solution in real-time, at the same time as you pay your employees.

041SackedForBeingDeafAndOldA 62-year-old telemarketer, who was sacked by his manager because he claims he was told he “had a broken back, was deaf and… too old”, has been awarded $31,420 in compensation. The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) found Acorn Stairlifts Pty Ltd had probably discriminated against Fenton McEvoy when his manager summarily dismissed him on 28 February 2014.