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21st June 2017

This South Korean start-up is only hiring people over 55

Channel NewsAsia reports the founder of content monitoring company EverYoung established the rule to prove the futility of age discrimination – a phenomenon that’s reportedly prevalent in modern Korean corporate culture.
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Perth Mint staff may be forced to wear work-issued bras to improve security

The Perth Mint is considering a ban on all clothing containing metal, including underwire bras, in a bid to boost security.
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When to take a mental health day

Mental health issues are one of the most common forms of illness in Australia with 3 million of us currently living with anxiety or depression alone. But it's not just our personal lives that are affected by mental health. It's our work and careers, too. A recent report conducted by Beyond Blue showed that one in every five Australians took time off in the last 12 months due to mental health issues.
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Melbourne HR software startup raises $US20 million funding

Australian human resources tech company Culture Amp announced that it has secured $US20 million in new capital from the US.
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Union power makes its mark with domestic violence leave

WA’s biggest employer granted all of its employees a new paid leave entitlement, claimable up to 10 days per year. It wasn’t an entitlement won after extensive negotiation, nor traded off for other pay and conditions. It was simply ordered by the Premier...
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“At 36 weeks pregnant, I started a new job”: Why an inclusive mindset is everything at work

In February, I accepted a new job in the Victorian Government sector while 34 weeks pregnant. I started the new job while at 36 weeks. I spent two weeks in my new role before going on maternity leave. Crazy — you might say — both the employer and me! However, this is an example of how an open and inclusive mindset led to a successful outcome for everyone involved.
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Working from home lifts employee productivity

More businesses are allowing staff to work from home, with studies showing it increases employee productivity. Telsyte research shows 84 per cent of Australian organisations have systems permitting their employees to work remotely.
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How artificial intelligence will affect your job

The same technology that enables a navigation app to find the most efficient route to your destination or lets an online store recommend products based on past purchases is on the verge of transforming the office — promising to remake how we look for job candidates, get the most out of workers and keep our best workers on the job.
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Employers urged to follow Bunnings’ lead and hire older workers

As outrage builds over a proposal to force Australians to work until 70, experts are urging businesses to follow the example of hardware giant Bunnings and unleash the untapped labour of older workers.
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35 things you should remove from your résumé before it ends up in the 'no' pile

Hiring managers rarely have the time or resources to look at each résumé closely. They typically spend about six seconds on their initial "fit/no fit" decision. If you want to pass that test, you need to have some solid qualifications – and the perfect résumé to highlight them.
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This CEO meets every interviewee and these are his top hiring tips

Luis von Ahn, CEO and founder of language learning app Duolingo, meets with every single person interviewing at his company. He says "The best hiring advice that I've ever got is: 'When in doubt, don't hire,'".
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Yoga and free fruit won't solve the scourge of workplace stress

National Mental Health Commissioner Lucinda Brogden says employers have a legal responsibility to provide a workplace that is both physically and psychologically safe. But, she says, too many employers offer "positive extras" and shirk the hard stuff. "We try to jump to the positive – introducing the yoga, the fruit bowl, the staff party – but you have to work on reducing the negative before you can introduce the positive," Brogden told a banking and finance ethics conference in Sydney last week.
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14th June 2017

Australian workers getting a record low share of GDP: report

The share of Australian gross domestic product going into workers' pockets has hit a record low, according to a new report.
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7-Eleven compensation bill climbs over $110 million

Compensation paid out to underpaid 7-Eleven workers has tipped over $110 million, fuelling criticism of failures in Australia's employment law system to keep wage theft in check.
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Retail giant Aldi faces claims of wage theft and breaking the law

When Nichole McLaughlin asks her partner Paul Joyner what time he will be home from work, he often cannot answer. With no finish time on his roster, Mr Joyner - a permanent part-time worker, not a casual - does not know what time he will leave work at Aldi's Stapylton distribution centre.
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No flies on Australia’s richest union

Imagine a company that received millions of dollars in government grants each year, paid no tax as it held charitable status, owned recruitment agencies and also owned a law firm that fought against penalty rates for young workers and workplace leave for victims of domestic violence. There is such a company.
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Labor signals plan to beef up union power to help boost wage growth

Labor has signalled it plans to strengthen the bargaining power of workers and unions in an attempt to revitalise stagnant wages. The party’s deputy leader, Tanya Plibersek, says there is a clear link between declining union membership, the lowering of workers’ bargaining power, and today’s low wage growth, and the link between labour productivity and wages must be restored “at the very least”.
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Workplace death compensation plan for WA

The lump sum compensation paid to dependents of people who die in workplace accidents will increase from about $304,000 to more than $554,000 under a proposal by the West Australian government. Read more at http://www.9news.com.au/national/2017/06/12/10/10/workplace-death-compensation-plan-for-wa#hYBuyb66COYgx0RZ.99
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The Fair Work Commission Decision to Phase in Changes to Penalty Rates – Key Dates

An explanation of how the FWC has determined to phase in the reductions to Sunday penalty rates over four years.
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Anti-social media: 4 ways to manage social media and cyber-bullying in the workplace

Whilst technology and social media have unquestionably provided many benefits to the modern workplace and opportunities for businesses to reach a wider audience, they have also presented dilemmas for HR managers and business owners when dealing with interactions between employees.
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Working mums juggling career and kids feel 'mother's guilt', researcher says

Dr Judy Rose, whose recently published paper — Never enough hours in the day: Employed mothers' perceptions of time pressure — explores the concept of mother's guilt and how the stress of juggling work and family can not only have negative mental and physical effects but "actually changes women's perceptions of time".
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Telstra confirms 1,400 jobs to go in Australia

Telstra's decision to slash jobs may be because "for the last few years, growth has been very slow in the telecommunications industry," according to telecommunications analyst Paul Budde. The most at-risk jobs would be in administration, customer service and network operations as they are easily automated by improvements in technology, he explained.
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Employer justified in dismissing employee for offensive and damaging email

In a recent case where an employee sent an offensive and damaging email about the employer’s clients, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has ruled in favour of the employer and affirmed the employer’s decisions to terminate the employee’s employment. This case serves as a solid reminder to employers to have stringent email and IT policies, and make employees aware of the standards of conduct that are expected of them.
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Class Action Suits On The Horizon? Burnout?

A recent Wall Street Journal article, 'Law Firms Tackle a Taboo', revealed that some major law firms don’t know what they don’t know. The article focused on mental health; specifically stress, burnout, depression, anxiety, and suicide with a focus on what some law firms are doing about it and what others refuse to do.
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Research shows if you improve the air quality at work, you improve productivity

Corporate wellness programs focus on biometric screening, diet and exercise programs to improve health and productivity. However, new research has shown the quality of the office environment itself can have significant negative effects on thinking, health and productivity.
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These are the characteristics of people most likely to cut corners at work

A study found that employees who “cut corners” tend to be morally compromised, low in conscientiousness, self-focused and impulsive. This in addition to the potential for corner-cutting to increase risks.
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Byron Bay Superfoods' pursuit of sacked worker 'vindictive': Fair Work Commission

When Nathaniel Garang produced a medical certificate after he had gastroenteritis, his boss at a health food factory said his time off work was "unacceptable" and would be taken out of his annual leave. His manager threatened to never recommend him "as an honourable person/employee, due to your recent dishonest behaviour".
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Unsustainable labour challenges leave Australia's vegetable supplies to rot

A quarter of Australia's vegetable growers are forced to abandon valuable produce which is left to rot because they can't find enough workers to pick and pack it, a new report has found.
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Australians aren't being paid for their productivity. Get set for an industrial relations war

The issue of industrial relations has for the most part been on the backburner in the past few election campaigns, but slow wages growth and a lack of increased income off the back of productivity growth might be enough to shake things up.
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This is exactly what you should do if you want a pay rise

At some point in your career, you’ll probably start to feel like you should be earning more money. While some people may opt to change jobs when this happens, for others who are quite happy where they are, it could be time to considering asking for a pay rise.
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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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Enterprise agreement drafting: the value of getting it right - and the way to do it

In the 1983 hit "Words", singer F.R. David famously sang "Words don't come easy to me". While that lament was in the context of expressing love, the same problem can sometimes afflict those who draft enterprise agreements.
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New labour hire licensing laws in Queensland will affect providers AND their clients

A new mandatory labour hire licensing scheme will soon apply to all labour hire providers operating in Queensland - and it will also ban businesses from entering into labour hire arrangements with unlicensed providers.
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Fair Work Commission suspends investigation and disciplinary process to hear bullying claim

In the recent decision of Lynette Bayly [2017] FWC 1886, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) issued interim orders preventing the employer from finalising a workplace investigation or imposing any disciplinary action until the employee’s workplace bullying application is heard.
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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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