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Lucienne Gleeson

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The Fair Work Commission’s latest Annual Report for 2016/2017, released last week, shows that general protections claims are on the rise. There has been a 12.3 per cent increase in general protections claims involving dismissals over the last year. In 2015/2016 there were 3,270 general protections claims involving dismissals. In 2016/2017 this went up to 3,729 such claims. What are the reasons for this increase, how many matters resolve at conciliation and is settlement always…

The Fair Work Commission has ordered a former cabin crew supervisor to pay his ex-employer’s legal costs after rejecting settlement offers and then losing his unfair dismissal claim. The case provides a useful illustration of an employer successfully recouping costs under Fair Work Act provisions where an employee has rejected a reasonable offer to settle.