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Confidence breach, not OHS, pre-empted sacking

Firing a childcare worker for coming to work smelling of alcohol was not a valid reason for dismissal as a breach of health and safety regulations, but instead a breach of the employer’s confidence given its duty of care obligations, Fair Work Australia has found. Senior Deputy President Peter Richards ruled such a breach risked ...more