Archived News for Human Resource Professionals - September, 2013
A new report has found just how overworked Australians are, and what a threat it can be to mental and physical health and safety.
Promised plan to lend a hand to injured workers
A hopeful contender for the leadership of the Labor party says he will work from the Opposition to create a nation-wide rehabilitation program for workers.
Laws patched on religious exemption, sexual protection
Legislation which allows faith-based schools in Tasmania to refuse enrolment for students of opposing faiths has been tightened.
Full council dumped over bullying, spending
Allegations of bullying and misuse of funds have led to the sacking of the Wangaratta Council, with a bill to dismiss the entire pack passed this week.
Impartiality over opinion in public service
Workers in the public sector can expect harsh consequences if they choose to air work grievances on social networks, according to a senior official.
Foreign worker crack-down in Singapore
Singapore has tightened its rules on the hiring of foreign workers following protests over the large number of outsiders in the increasingly affluent city-state.
Plenty still draw gender lines at work
A World Bank report on gender equality in business has found a sorry state for women in many countries, with several nations upholding laws that give husbands the power to prevent their wives from working.
Stats show Australia's got builders in
Australia appears to be stuck-in to construction and renovation, with employment rates in the building industry at a record high.
Waking up to the danger of no sleep
The fatigue fight between the Health Services Union and the NSW Ambulance Service continues, with the next round of negotiations over shifts and rosters about to begin.
Global factors blamed for local jobs drop
A recent survey has shown a downturn in the amount of people working in the mining industry’s exploration sector, but seemingly no shortage of exploration going on.
Inquiry on in-transit injuries
There is a push on in Queensland to patch up compensation laws which some say are unnecessarily skewed.
Users lash out at LinkedIn
A group of LinkedIn users are suing the service for allegedly hacking emails to find contacts to spam with unwarranted emails.
Workers' rights wrist-slap could be telling
Workers from a liquid gas project in Western Australia have been fined after their industrial action was found to be unlawful.
Workforce support asked to prop up schools
Foreign workers will be slugged thousands of dollars for public education in Western Australia, for services that are free to everyone else.
Abbott's the man for women
Tony Abbott has placed himself in charge of women’s issues in Australia, nominating one of the handful of women in his cabinet as ‘Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women.’
Annulments in lawyers' matrimony
Disruptive business practices are reportedly shaking up the lawyer’s profession; recent figures show pay rates are dropping, staff are switching all over the place and overall revenues for some top firms have dropped.
Australians face ageing arrangements
New statistics from the ABS suggest that Australia’s ageing population will become a big factor in future approaches to work.
Award rewards ethical enterprise
An award has been created to recognise Australia’s most conscientious business - in an effort to make the country a better place for everyone.
Mapping the imaginary workspace
Many people may feel that their imagination has diminished since they left the schoolyard and entered the workplace, but new research has found the imagination is still there – manipulating thoughts and memories within its own ‘mental workspace’.
Publishing pay to nullify nattering
One company has made an interesting move to combat inter-office jealousy over rumoured pay rates; telling everyone in the company exactly what everyone else earns.
Stressing the importance of sympathetic re-shuffling
One of the founders of the R U OK? Day workplace campaign says stress has not left the workplace, rearing its head again as a major factor in staff turnover and dissatisfaction.