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24 May 2017

Why Swedish workplaces aren't as equal as you think

Sweden may have a global reputation as one of world's most gender equal societies but when it comes to female representation in business, campaigners question whether the Nordic nation is right to keep basking in the spotlight, as progress slows down back home.
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Fox News fires Bob Beckel for 'making an insensitive remark' to black employee

Fox News on Friday announced that it had fired "The Five" co-host Bob Beckel for a remark he made to an employee of color.
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WA pay freeze: Some public servants to escape $1,000 wage hike limit

Some of the state's highest paid workers will escape the WA government's $1,000 limit on pay rises until late 2019, with doctors set to enjoy increases almost six times that amount.
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Sydney bus strike brings chaos for parents, students and peak hour commuters

Sydney commuters and motorists face more peak hour chaos, as bus drivers continue their strike against the New South Wales Government's plans to privatise services in Sydney's inner-west.
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Unemployment drops to 5.7pc with about 37,000 jobs created

Australia's unemployment rate dropped to 5.7 per cent in April due to the creation of more than 37,000 jobs, although they were all part-time.
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Lorna Jane employee suing over alleged fat shaming had history of psychiatric issues, court told

A woman suing Lorna Jane over allegations of fat shaming had a lengthy history of psychiatric issues before she started working for the activewear company, a court has heard.
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Human Resources Isn’t About Humans

HR was never meant for you. That’s why it doesn’t work.
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The 10 habits of bad bosses

Working with a bad manager seems to be something almost every worker has to deal with at some point in their career. Bosses with acid tongues are highly unpopular among employees, and they are only the tip of the iceberg of bad bosses and their vicious behaviour toward employees
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The Intersection Of Artificial Intelligence And Human Resources

In the workplace, artificial intelligence is evolving into an intelligent assistant to help us work smarter. Artificial intelligence is not the future of the workplace, it is the present and happening today.
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States urged to introduce legislation to curb wage theft

States have been urged to introduce new laws against wage theft in the wake of rampant underpayment of workers at widespread wage theft by cafes, restaurants in university towns and retail chains including 7-Eleven, Pizza Hut, Dominos, Caltex and Bakers Delight.
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17 May 2017

Sacked for not wearing pants. What is the world coming to?

It’s that age old story we’ve heard a thousand times. Company (allegedly) fails to provide a promised laundry service. Workers protest by not wearing pants. Pantsless worker gets the sack.
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McDonald’s trials recruitment via Snapchat, but could social media job applications present big risks?

Could photo-sharing application Snapchat uncover your next star employee? Fast-food giant McDonald’s thinks it could, and is hoping to attract a talented millennial workforce by introducing Snapchat-based job applications.
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Law changes needed to fix ‘illogical’ unfair dismissal decisions, says former Fair Work vice-president Graeme Watson

A former vice-president of the Fair Work Commission says legislative reform is the only answer for protecting employers against unfair dismissal decisions that defy “logic”.
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Defamation, privacy breaches and misrepresentation claims: the perils of giving job references

You apply for a job you really want, but don’t get it. Later you find out that the person you nominated to act as a referee gave you a bad reference, and that was the reason you missed out on the job.
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What the 'typical' Australian worker doesn't tell us about modern work

The "typical" Australian works full-time and has been in the same job for three to five years, Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows.
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Brisbane shelf-stacker secures key win against might of Coles, SDA

A Brisbane night-fill worker has won an important legal battle in a massive underpayment case against the combined might of Coles and one of the largest trade unions in Australia.
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Union boss wants underpaying employers jailed for 'wage theft'

Bosses who underpay workers would be sent to jail under a plan floated by senior union leader Tony Sheldon.
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Coates Hire workers in danger of 'devastating' pay cut.

Hundreds of workers at Australia's largest equipment-hire business face a pay cut of up to 40 per cent unless they agree to let the company slash new employees' wages and conditions.
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United Voice faces legal action over penalty rate protest

ONE of the state’s most powerful left-wing unions is being threatened with legal action for allegedly breaking the Liquor and Fair Work Acts.
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KFC fined more than $100,000 after teen falls into vat of hot oil

Fast-food chain KFC has been fined more than $100,000 two years after a 16-year-old worker tripped and fell into a vat of hot cooking oil, suffering third-degree burns.
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10 May 2017

Computer glitch hits super payments of thousands of public servants

Computer glitches are being blamed for the failure to pay millions of dollars into retirement savings of thousands of public servants at several large federal departments in recent months.
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Domino's cops landmark fine for breaching franchise code

Domino's Pizza has been hit with a landmark fine for failing to comply with the rules governing franchise chains.
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Crisis averted: Loy Yang power plant workers ordered to call off strike

Industrial action at one of Victoria's largest power plants won't go ahead after the state government stepped in to stop the strike.
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Victorian state schools cleaners being underpaid, denied basic entitlements, union says

Cleaners working at Victorian state schools are being underpaid and denied basic entitlements in an industry where "fear and intimidation is endemic", according to a union investigation.
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Jane Holden: Former CEO of Hobart hospital loses wrongful dismissal case against Government

A former Tasmanian health boss has lost her wrongful dismissal case against the Tasmanian Government and may be forced to pay court costs.
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People who can't stop: Meet some of the world's oldest workers

As Prince Philip, who turns 96 in June, is to retire from royal duties later this year, we look at some of those people who enjoy their work so much they have decided to carry on - well, most of them a bit longer than the Duke of Edinburgh.
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The very possible path to a 30-hour working week

This year, May Day fell after a run of three consecutive four-day working weeks. If you're lucky enough to live in Queensland, then the Labour Day public holiday was be the culmination of a month of shorter working weeks.
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Unions call for ACT to follow Queensland on stricter regulation of labour hire firms

As the Queensland government introduces a licensing scheme to weed out rogue operators, UnionsACT secretary Alex White said the ACT government did not not have sufficient safeguards to protect workers from "unscrupulous" labour hire companies despite shifting to a centralised contractor management system recently.
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Restraint Of Trade Clauses: Lessons For Employers

Employers who want to protect their legitimate business interests in preventing former staff poaching their clients and staff have important lessons to learn.
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3 May 2017

Microsoft extends paid parental leave to 20 weeks and sets new benchmark

Computer software giant Microsoft will set new standards by extending paid maternity leave to 20 weeks and providing four weeks of paid leave for employees to care for a seriously ill family member.
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Tougher fines needed to stop records of underpayment being hidden

Fines for shoddy bookkeeping are too low to deter businesses from underpaying workers and is helping them avoid prosecution.
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Investigating bullying or bullying by investigation?

Recent legal cases explore an employer's duties to the accused during a workplace investigation.
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Airtasker agrees to minimum working conditions for 'gig economy' contractors

Airtasker, the online facilitator of odd jobs, has agreed to minimum working conditions for its service providers in what is being described as a world first in the so-called gig economy.
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HSU accuses Guardian Property Services of exploiting its aged care facility cleaners

A cleaning company that provides services to aged care facilities like Anglicare has been accused of underpaying and exploiting its staff by the Health Services Union (HSU).
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Anti bullying order used to stop employer from finalising a misconduct investigation and taking disciplinary action

The FWC can make binding orders when it is satisfied that a worker has been bullied at work and there is a risk that the bullying will continue.
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Adriano Zumbo accused of staff underpayments … Victoria to launch traineeship taskforce … New underquoting laws now in action

Pastry king Adriano Zumbo is the latest celebrity chef to face claims that employees have been underpaid, with Zumbo Pattiserie staff members complaining in an A Current Affair story aired last night that they had not been paid their superannuation entitlements, and had been paid incorrectly or not on time on a number of occasions.
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Budget 2017: Malcolm Turnbull announces schools funding and a new Gonski review

The Turnbull government is seeking to seize the political initiative on schools, with a substantial funding injection and the appointment of David Gonski — who delivered the 2011 landmark schools report — to chair a “Gonski 2.0” review on how to improve the results of Australian students. The Conversation
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Accounting firm found liable for client’s employee underpayment in precedent-setting decision

In what could be a precedent-setting legal decision, the Federal Circuit Court has found an accounting business to be liable for contraventions in the Fair Work Act when it provided payroll services to a client, which was found to be underpaying staff.
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26 April 2017


Degrees of separation: companies shed degree requirements to promote merit over qualifications

That some companies are relaxing degree requirements raises new questions about the value of a university education. The question is whether these few companies are outliers or the forerunners of a new trend of preferencing merit over qualifications. If the trend does persist, then the job market of the future may have as little barriers to entry as the job market of the 1970s.

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Unions vow to take on Amazon as its harsh reputation precedes it

Around the world, Amazon is famous for its low prices, fast delivery, ruthless efficiency and antipathy towards unions that say it treats workers like robots.

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AOC's Mike Tancred steps down amid bullying allegations

The Australian Olympic Committee has announced media director Mike Tancred is standing down from his position, pending the outcome of any investigation of the complaint made against him by former chief executive Fiona de Jong.

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HR, coders and manufacturing: The occupations most affected by 457 visa changes

The Federal Government's changes to temporary migration visas would have affected less than 10 per cent of the visas granted in the second half of 2016, official data shows.

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Bill O'Reilly loses job at Fox News over sexual harassment claims

Fox News has decided to part ways with star cable news host Bill O'Reilly following allegations of sexual harassment, the company said.

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Outback Steakhouse accused of using training scheme to underpay staff

A national restaurant chain signed up its young workers to government-subsidised hospitality traineeships which were used to reduce their pay to half the national award rate.

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From hotdesking to dog parks, which office trends should your business follow?

Nobody starts a business and is immediately able to waltz into a shiny high-rise, demanding the entire 31st floor, with a gym and city views. Most of the time, successful ventures begin at kitchen tables or in garages, or at cafe tables as entrepreneurs use their lunch breaks to launch the next big thing.

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What happens when you don’t pay penalty rates

The Fair Work Commission’s decision to reduce Sunday and public holiday penalty rates across hospitality, retail and pharmacy sectors has served as a timely reminder to small business owners grappling with the complexity of pay entitlements across 122 modern awards.

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How to use Facebook Messenger for business

Facebook Messenger is the biggest messaging platform in Australia, with more than 42% of Australian internet users active on the platform and over a billion messages being sent between people and businesses on Messenger each month.

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The Walkley Foundation launches award for best industrial reporting

The Walkley Foundation has announced a new national award for exceptional industrial relations reporting by Australian journalists.

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Human Resource's Role in Shaping the Digital Future of Work the Focus of Bersin by Deloitte's IMPACT 2017

Human resources' role in shaping the future of work is the focus of presentations and working sessions at Bersin by Deloitte's IMPACT 2017.

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19 April 2017


Employers pay for staff racism, even if they have racial discrimination policies

In a court case Australia Post and one of its employees were ordered to pay $40,000 in compensation to a contractor who was subjected to a series of racial taunts and told to, "Go home to Sri Lanka by boat."

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Why Tuesday is the most productive day of the week?

It's the best day to make a dent on a big project, or to collaborate with colleagues, or meet with clients or other contacts. I've heard it's a good day to schedule an interview or ask your boss for a pay rise.

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Australian government axes 457 work visa: experts react

The Turnbull government is axing the 457 visa program and replacing it with a new Temporary Skill Shortage Visa but it might not have the desired affect on the labour market.

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Anti-bullying vs disciplinary process: Fair Work Commission asked to find the balance

Anti-bullying laws might be used by employees facing a potentially adverse disciplinary process to delay or halt it.

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Avoid findings of unfair dismissal: When is redundancy “genuine redundancy”?

The Fair Work Commission (the Commission) has recently ordered the reinstatement of four employees of Staples Australia Pty Ltd (Staples) after finding that they were not made “genuinely redundant”.

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Senior employees and managers cry "adverse action!" at every turn

Employers shouldn't fear giving their executives lawful and reasonable directions at work, but at the rate senior employees are litigating, employers are right to feel uncertain about the operation of adverse action protections.

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Is It Worth Trying To Improve Our Wellbeing?

LinkedIn discussion, spurred by an article based on an interview with Martin Seligman

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Unfair dismissal case confirms the importance of trust and confidence

Where conduct is so egregious that it destroys the necessary trust and confidence in the employment relationship, the Commission will be more willing to find that dismissal is appropriate.

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12 April 2017


CFMEU and officials fined $590,800 for industrial action

The national construction union and ten of its officials have been fined a total of $590,800 for an industrial campaign in 2014 that targeted construction sites in Victoria.


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Former staff claim Calombaris empire routinely ignored penalty rates

Full-time managers and chefs employed at George Calombaris' restaurants routinely worked more than 50 hours a week without correct penalty rates or overtime, it has been claimed, in what was described as common practice at the hospitality empire during its rapid expansion.


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JPMorgan boss says depressing wages for low-paid workers is not good for business

At first blush, ACTU secretary Sally McManus and one of Wall Street's most powerful bankers, Jamie Dimon, would seem unlikely allies on the key battlefield of industrial relations and pay.


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Labour wants balanced industrial relations

Labour is looking to bring more "balance" to industrial bargaining. Labour's finance spokesman Grant Robertson would not be drawn on the question of a move to industry-wide negotiation for pay, telling Q&A on Sunday "announcements will be made before the election in this area".


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News Seven West Media beefs up human resources department with appointment of Katie McGrath

McGrath will join the senior executive team and report to SWM CEO Tim Worner. She joins Seven after seven years with advertising parent company the Enero Group, of which the last four and a half years she was group HR director. Before that she was the human resources director for Enero ad agency BMF.


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6 symptoms of princess sickness in the office

In today’s workplace, it is not uncommon for the human resources department to encounter parents of candidates tagging along to job interviews. While most hiring managers are smart enough to quickly disqualify these kids with helicopter parents from the hiring process, job seekers with princess or prince sickness are a little more difficult to spot.


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Starbucks to offer health insurance to workers’ parents

As of 1 June this year, Starbucks employees across mainland China will be able to add their parents to the company’s health insurance plan. The new policy will benefit over 10,000 parents, the company says.


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5th April 2017


'We're not bluffing': construction union on collision course over building code

Major builders risk losing millions of dollars of government work after the Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union decided to refuse to renegotiate workplace deals that don’t comply with the federal government’s building code.


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Turnbull government warns Fair Work Commission against 'excessive' minimum wage rise

The Turnbull government has urged the Fair Work Commission to take a cautious approach to raising the minimum wage, warning an "excessive" pay rise could imperil job creation in a changing economy.


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Employer not liable to compensate employee for stress caused by ‘stand-down’ meeting

A recent decision of the District Court of Western Australia provides some positive news for employers facing a workers’ compensation claim for a stress-related injury caused by disciplinary action.


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Who you work with matters more than your pay packet: happiness survey

The freedom you have to do your job and the support you get from colleagues and bosses is more likely to make you happy than your pay packet, a new study has found.


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Super funds question Domino's while hedge funds attack

It is little wonder employees, investors and consumers have hit zero tolerance on wage fraud issues.


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Fair Work inspectors to audit 1600 hair and beauty salons

About 1600 hair and beauty salons in NSW, Victoria and Queensland will be randomly audited over the next 12 months after previous audits showed more than half of salons failed to comply with workplace laws.


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Minimum wage: ACTU pushing for $45-a-week increase, employers want lower pay rise

Another battle is brewing in the increasing hostile relationship between the nation's peak trade union and employer bodies.


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Bangladesh on notice about workers rights

The European Union has warned Bangladesh it could suspend trade preferences unless the country makes improvements to workers' rights.


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George Calombaris's restaurant empire hands staff $2.6m in unpaid overtime

‘I am devastated by what has happened and we have been working extremely hard to fix this,’ celebrity chef says


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HR directors should become talent warehouse managers to survive

Rapid changes in technology and work are transforming the classic human resources role and could see it consigned to irrelevancy if management does not keep up, senior executives warn.


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29th March 2017

Codes of conduct are in breach of common sense

"I am in breach of my employer's code of conduct. I have broken it in not one but in four different ways, one of which involved barefaced lying."


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Work like a nomad and claiming it on your tax return? The ATO is watching itinerant workers

Do you work like a nomad – travel from place to place for your job? The Australian Taxation Office has its eye on itinerant workers claiming travel and other expenses they are not entitled to.


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Defence Department on lookout to unmask phantom contractors in public service

The Department of Defence is to launch a hunt for contractors on its books masquerading as "service providers."


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Blackmail, extortion and slavery at a restaurant near you

Pawanjeet Heir's eyes well up as she retells the story of how she unwittingly became a victim of visa fraud, extortion and indentured servitude.


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Fathers battle to save flexible work hours: 'Why should parenting responsibilities fall only on women?'

For eight years, the Zammit twins arrived at work an hour early so they could be home in time to pick their children up from school – freeing their working wives to get them off to school.


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'They could not recover any of my money': millions wait for their superannuation

Nicole Miller is owed more than $6000 in superannuation from her former employer, PR agency Kreab Gavin Anderson.


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Underemployment of young people is the highest it has been in 40 years

Almost one in five young people have fewer hours of work than they want, with underemployment in the youth labour force at its highest level in 40 years.


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Hairdressers form union ready to fight against threat to weekend penalty rates

A new union for hairdressers is gearing up to fight a threatened clip to their weekend penalty rates, with Newcastle hairdresser Melanie Coombs saying they already get "paid peanuts"


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Covert recordings by employees and their admissibility as evidence

With our phones to hand, most of us have the means to record a conversation or a scene playing out. With the agreement of those involved, the occurence of the recording is likely to be uncontroversial. However, interesting legal issues arise when the recording is covert.


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Learn new skills, Industrial Relations Dept advises employees

That’s the no-nonsense advice from a Malaysian authority which handles relations between employers and their staff in the wake of growing reports about the challen­ging job market in the country.


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22nd March 2017


The 'Amber effect' opens floodgates on dubious conduct by bosses

Two observations following news this week of yet another allegation of inappropriate male executive behaviour, this time by an executive at Westpac-owned wealth management business BT: first, the number of publicly disclosed instances of this type of misconduct is on the rise; and second, opinions about it are polarised.


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Fair Work's Record My Hours app should be withdrawn says National Farmers Federation

The National Farmers Federation has called for a phone app that helps workers track the hours they spend on farm, using GPS technology, to be immediately withdrawn.


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Amber Harrison says Seven CEO affair caused her shame, anxiety

Amber Harrison, the executive assistant who had an affair with Seven West Media's chief executive, is suing the company under the workplace law for initiating an investigation into her corporate expenses claims 16 days after the relationship ended.


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Senior executive at Westpac's BT Financial faces sexual misconduct allegations

Westpac has become the latest company subject to sexual misconduct allegations following a number of complaints by two female staff about the behaviour of a senior executive at its wealth management division BT Financial Group.


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Have Australia's right to strike laws gone too far?

The new Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) leader Sally McManus' remarks that she doesn't have a problem with people breaking "unjust laws" provoked inevitable outrage.


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Crossbenchers urged to 'put up or shut up' on penalty rates

The Federal ALP, Greens and Independent Senator Jacqui Lambie will introduce a Bill on Tuesday to invalidate the Fair Work Commission's decision to reduce Sunday penalty rates for retail and hospitality workers.


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Up to 100 more jobs to go at Australian Bureau of Statistics

The troubled Australian Bureau of Statistics is to axe another 80 to 100 of its public servants, staff were told on Monday.


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CPSU strike action to begin at Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support agencies

Public servants at Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support will begin strike action on Friday afternoon aiming to force a breakthrough in a bitter industrial dispute.


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Three reasons you’re the one failing probation, not your new employee

A probation period in most businesses is seen as an employer’s “get out of jail free card”, with some thinking that if their new recruit doesn’t quite cut the mustard they can exit them easily.


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The everlasting battle: the background to the industrial relations wars

It's the economic debate that just won't die, even when it's dead, buried and cremated.


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These degree programs train future human resources professionals to fight for pay equity

Sometimes, the fight for pay equity takes place through public demonstration, as it did at workplaces across the country with A Day Without a Woman this month.


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15th March 2017


 


Application for "zombie agreement" for IGA workers to be abolished

After working at the local supermarket for five years, Lauren Morrison, 22, discovered this week that she had been underpaid by up to $5800 each year.


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Top restaurants slap on Sunday surcharge

"It's actually been a non-event," says Chris Lucas. This month he added an extra 10 per cent to diners' bills on Sundays and public holidays at Chin Chin, Kong, Baby and Hawker Hall and says there haven't been any complaints.


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'Like an illegal sweatshop'

The prestigious National Gallery of Victoria is rocked by a wage scandal with allegations emerging of under-payment of security guards and that some are being forced to work illegally for cash.


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Rise of the machines: Here are the five jobs robots could take first

The job of a business owner is irreplaceable, and it’s unlikely we’ll see robot entrepreneurs taking over any time soon. However, one expert believes there’s a number of other jobs that robot workers are likely to dominate in years to come.


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Workplace wellness is critical but should it all fall on the employers’ shoulders?

Wellness in the workplace has again hit the ‘Workplace trends’ lists for 2017 as companies use wellness programs to reduce absenteeism and attract talent.


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The ‘I’ every team needs

Matilda is a high performer, she kicks goals, and makes quick and decisive decisions. Matilda has a bit of a hero status amongst the junior consultants who both revere her and fear her. She sees herself as the Ronaldo of the team, a world class champion.


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Ten Things for an HR Manager’s “To Do” list in 2017

With the new year now in full swing, here is this year’s list of 10 key items that we think should be on every HR Manager’s (or business owner’s) “to do” list in 2017.


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The need to redeploy in a genuine redundancy

The unfair dismissal provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 apply to all employees covered by modern awards, enterprise agreements and other employees who are not "high income" employees.


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Criminal records and employment – Employer’s questions answered

Checking an employee or prospective employee’s criminal history is something which many employers do. However, some employers may be putting their businesses at risk by doing so.


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Are your employment agreements compliant?

Last year saw significant changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000 in relation to agreed hours of work, availability provisions, and zero hour contracts.


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7th March 2017


 


Can 2 Letters Take Down HR as We Know It?

Tech vendors are automating many aspects of human resources, but don’t worry; despite the rise of AI your job is safe … probably.


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Companies are seeing a seismic shift in use of people analytics in HR

Deloitte Consulting surveyed more than 10,400 business and HR leaders and found that learning, recruiting, talent analytics and performance management are undergoing big changes.


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Modernising Australian industrial relations

It is not surprising that the present and the last government have been half hearted in the industrial field, for the industrial relations bureaucracy and the industrial relations club are well entrenched in Australian commerce, in public administration and in politics, and the government is scarred by Work Choices.


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Peter Strong: It’s time to take the complexity out of workplace relations

The main issue must be giving people access to permanent full-time work (if that is their wish) and the opportunity to enjoy the excellent conditions that already exist in this country.


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Proposed laws unlikely to stamp out exploitation of underpaid workers, says legal experts

Outlawing unreasonable requests for cash back from employees and higher penalties for franchisors will fail to stamp out exploitation of underpaid workers, legal experts have warned. The proposed laws increase the maximum penalties to more than half a million dollars for contraventions that involve "deliberate and systemic" underpayment of staff.


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Ten tips for successful workplace investigations

Navigating the complexities of workplace investigations can be challenging and stressful for employers. However, as all employers will receive complaints at some point in time, it’s important to know what to do (and not do) when it happens.


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Harsh, unjust or unreasonable: is the unfair dismissal regime broken?

We are familiar with the long standing approach of industrial tribunals in determining whether an employee's dismissal was unfair. You examine if there was a valid reason for dismissal, whether a fair process had been followed and look at the personal circumstances of the employee to form an impression if, overall, the dismissal was unfair.


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The cuckoo in the nest: how to protect against employee information theft

Employers often face the predicament of how to best protect confidential company information. The concerning reality is that all too often employers focus their efforts on protecting their information from outsiders while valuable trade secrets and sensitive information are stolen from within by their own employees.


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This UK company is offering jobs to any employee who admits a robot could replace them

Admitting your job could be made redundant by robots is not typically something employees would be rushing to do, but UK insurance company Aviva is encouraging it.


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Ten steps to finding the right people for your key jobs

Interviewing job candidates has become rather like Shark Tank — except that you’re in the driver’s seat, which automatically puts you in a position of relative psychological advantage over the candidate.


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1st March 2017


 


Sunday penalty rates: Women to bear the brunt of cuts, experts say

Single mother of two Sharon Eurlings says proposed cuts to Sunday penalty rates are an "insult", which treat her Sunday as less important than other people's.


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How prepared are university students for the jobs of the future?

The 21-year-old who hopes to one day become an astronaut recently shared her passion for rocket science with female high school students in a bid to get them more interested in studying science-related subjects at university. A new national survey of 14,000 graduates from 38 universities found 9 per cent of female students wanted to enter STEM careers compared to 28 per cent of males.


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Is your workplace making you sick?

We spend more that 30 per cent of our lives at work, so it comes as no surprise that our work environment has a major effect on our health. These can range from physical, mental and emotional stresses which can affect our wellbeing.


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Section 60 - When A Genuine Dispute Is Not Enough

On 13 January 2017 Parry DCJ in the District Court delivered the reasons for decision in an appeal by the employer, Regis Aged Care P/L against an arbitrators dismissal of an application brought by the employer pursuant to s60 of the Workers' Compensation and Injury Management Act.


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FWC finds redundancies not genuine; reinstates four workers

The Fair Work Commission has confirmed its approach to deciding whether a dismissal is a genuine redundancy within the meaning of section 389 of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FWA).


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The A list: Six steps to accountability in your business

Businesses should strive to get a gold star for their own "A list": accountability. It's a vital trait in best business practice and essential for any company wanting to be an employer of choice. So here's six steps to follow for anyone who has trouble grasping the salience of accountability in today's workplace.


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Health care worker compensated after Fair Work ruled his dismissal for tagging colleagues in a "sexual" Facebook post was harsh

Businesses are being reminded to act swiftly on staff behavioural issues and establish clear expectations of acceptable actions in the workplace after the Fair Work Commission awarded compensation to a staff member at Bendigo Health Care Group who was fired for tagging two colleagues in a sexually explicit Facebook post.


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Uber-like bad behavior thrives in absence of human resources

In the latest episode of Tech Bros Behaving Badly, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler says she was propositioned by her boss and denied advancement because of her gender. Perhaps an even more egregious allegation is that the human resources department and senior managers at the company ignored her complaints.


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HR manager evolves into a strategic business role

Human resources has evolved from a compliance-only function to a strategic business role, says Carmel Galvin. "The HR professional today is in part a data analyst, a consultant, a marketer, an international business person and a workplace designer".


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Turnbull flags support for cuts to penalties

Malcolm Turnbull has for the first time explicitly supported the Fair Work Commission cuts to penalty rates, as the Maritime Union of Australia vowed to join a WorkChoices-style campaign to try to overturn the cuts.


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22nd February 2017 


 


PepsiCo to boost paid parental leave from 12 to 16 weeks as government look to end 'double dipping'

Food and drink giant PepsiCo will boost paid parental leave for employees in Australia and New Zealand from 12 to 16 weeks and double paid leave for carers from one to two weeks.


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Commonwealth Bank faces claim it owes millions of dollars in unpaid super to part-time workers

More than 7000 Commonwealth Bank of Australia part-time staff are owed millions of dollars in unpaid superannuation entitlements, according to legal advice.


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Franchise chains are responsible for fair wages, says Caltex boss

While the industry is well-regulated by the ACCC and the Fair Work Ombudsman, the number of ongoing incidents relating to wage underpayment or mistreatment of workers by franchisees is undermining community confidence in franchising.


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Cutting Sunday penalty rates would threaten Coalition in marginal seats: poll

The long overdue decision of the Fair Work Commission on streamlining weekend pay rates is expected imminently, setting up another political brawl.


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ATO admits working hours inefficient after staff backlash over request to work nine more minutes

The Australian Taxation Office has admitted its working hours do not meet community expectations and are inefficient.


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Cleaning contractor at 18 Victorian public schools in wages scandal

A cleaning contractor faces an investigation into claims of "massive wage theft" spanning a large network of Victoria's government-run schools.


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Facts and fiction about abandonment of employment

There is often a misconception that simply because an employee is absent from work without authorisation or approval (or supplying a reason), the employer can dismiss them on the grounds the employee has abandoned their employment.


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When is an employer obliged to create vacancies for redundant employees?

A dismissal in the case of genuine redundancy is exempt from unfair dismissal laws under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act). However, if it would have been reasonable in all circumstances for the employee affected by redundancy to be redeployed, the exemption from FW Act unfair dismissal laws do not apply.


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