Australian Rulings Stress the Need to Avoid Firing by Text

​Businesses that fire workers via text message or e-mail could find themselves running afoul of Australian labor authorities, who recently cautioned employers through two legal decisions that job termination notices should be delivered in person, with rare exception.

In rulings that reinforced earlier decisions, the Fair Work Commission (FWC), Australia’s national workplace tribunal, criticized text-message firings as callous, unjust and unreasonable.

In Wallace v. AFS Security, a casual worker who had been employed as a security guard for two years was fired via text message, “effective immediately,” without warning or stated reason.

The FWC ruled in June that the termination violated Australia’s Small Business Fair Dismissal Code. Not only did…

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Credit to Dinah Wisenberg Brin for the original post.

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