The Federal Court has handed down its decision in the case of Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v South East Melbourne Cleaning Pty Ltd (in liq) (formerly known as Coverall Cleaning Concepts South East Melbourne Pty Ltd) (No 2)[ 2015] FCA 257 ordering the company to $500,000 in penalty for contravention of the Australian Consumer Law.
In the case of Concannon v Portland District Health  FWC 513 (30 January 2015), the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has dismissed a claim for constructive dismissal by a human resources manager who sent an abusive email threatening to unleash “10 kinds of hell” on his employer.
The South Australian courts have cleared a legal hurdle in establishing their planned ‘Step Up To The Bar’ program, which is designed to increase the number of female barristers. The Courts Administration Authority had to submit an application to the Equal Opportunities Tribunal in order to implement the program by advertising to female candidates only. Last week (13 April 2015), they were granted the appropriate exemption under the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (SA).
In the case of Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v ACN 117 372 915 Pty Limited (in liq) (formerly Advanced Medical Institute Pty Limited)  FCA 368 (22 April 2015), the Federal Court had declared that Advanced Medical Institute (AMI), NRM Corporation and NRM Trading Pty Ltd (collectively NRM) had engaged in unconscionable conduct in promoting and supplying medical services and medications for men suffering from sexual dysfunction. The Court also declared that Jacov Vaisman aided and abetted and was knowingly concerned in the conduct of AMI and NRM.
The Fair Work Commission has upheld an employer’s decision to terminate an employee for misuse of credit card in the case of James Farrelly v Seasonair Pty Ltd  FWC 2334. The Adelaide plumbing manager, James Farrelly, was sacked for buying two cartons of beer for a company Christmas party with the company credit card given to him.
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