Archived News for Human Resource Professionals - June, 2014
There has been some concern over the speed with which the Federal Government is changing disability support, with some advocates saying it is storming ahead with almost no consultation.
Users click dislike on Facebook's emotional meddling
Facebook is being criticised for a mass emotional manipulation experiment conducted on unwitting users.
Building better mental health in walled-off sector
More than a third of all workers at Australian construction sites believe their workplace is not mentally safe.
Loan change lets lenders take less
The rules on payday loan are being tightened, because the Federal Government says providers are going over the cap on costs.
Bid to give more grounds for refugee refusal
The Federal Government has introduced legislation making it easier to send asylum seekers back to their home countries, while increasing the requirements for them to prove their claims.
Science staff fight taken up nationwide
Staff rallies will continue as CSIRO fights to preserve its ranks.
Talks snag on moves make back door swing easier
The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) has warned of some nasty intentions in new employment agreement talks with the Federal Government.
Strike foreseen over cuts and 9 minutes' work
An extra nine minutes of work per day could be the final straw for embattled staff at the Australian Tax Office.
Work fight site clears path to calm
An online tool could spell an end to workplace disputes, disagreements, fights and furphies.
Drug moves rub wrong way on Victorian work sites
A string of employers have backed Victorian Government moves to introduce random drug tests on all government consultation sites.
Huge help from fifty new drugs for India
The Indian Health Ministry will provide 50 essential generic medicines, free of cost, from “birth to death” to all Indians, following an incredible social healthcare announcement.
Poor price keeps hitting once rich regions
The Singleton Chamber of Commerce says it has become a victim of the diminished global coal price, with low demand hitting businesses hard in rural New South Wales.
Spy shift to put all internet-users up for probing
The Federal Government will bring a bill to parliament in coming weeks which seeks to give ASIO more abilities to monitor and control digital communication.
Advice adjustments restore small incentive
The Finance Minister says changes to legislation will mean advisers will be able to receive “incentive payments”, not commission.
Latest leaks show talks toward big offshore banks
A confidential Trade in Services Agreement document has been published by WikiLeaks, showing that Australia, the United States, the European Union and 20 other large and small countries have been discussing unprecedented mutual access to each other’s financial service sectors.
Bets hedged on gamblers' heads to break addictive grip
Australian scientists will look inside the brain for physical evidence of gambling addiction, with the launch of an important research project.
Lines drawn, options passed in vote to kill anti-green bill
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) lives on for now, and the Prime Minister has been handed his first option for a double dissolution.
Drugs inject slow, risky work approach nationwide
The Australian Drug Foundation says one in five workers admit attending their job while under the influence of alcohol.
Hurtful history questions detailed for Queensland
Legal changes in Queensland mean employers can request information about pre-existing injuries or medical conditions from potential workers.
Banana genes bent to help impoverished millions
Researchers are narrowing down the list of candidates for a banana to save lives.
Rights fight win could show shifting tide
A Chinese court has ruled in favour of workers who were fired for going on strike, and incredible move for the nation’s labour laws.