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Did you know that demoting an employee and reducing his pay could amount to a dismissal?

An Engineering company downgraded their service supervisor to a service technician “on the tools” role with a 9% cut in pay.

The Fair Work Commission found that the employer was not authorised under the contract to make unilateral changes to the contract and that such a significant reduction in duties and pay constitutes a dismissal under section 386 of the Fair Work Act.

[Scott Harrison v FL Smidth Pty Ltd (2018) FWC 6695]

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