Archived News for Human Resource Professionals - March, 2014
Media outlets are reporting two major Australian builders have found evidence of their own dodgy dealings, and are considering going public before a government probe finds the same thing.
Blockades and disobedience in angry workers' plan
Union workers have threatened to employ ‘civil disobedience’ in protests of large-scale job cuts.
Carbon consideration in minimum wage talks
The Federal Government says the Fair Work Commission should take into account its promise to cut the carbon tax when setting the minimum wage.
Office goes off Windows to take up tablet space
Microsoft has made a move many were waiting for, freeing Office from the Windows environment and making it available on iPads.
Young work rates rarely lower than right now
The latest youth unemployment figures show tough times in many regions, with some areas seeing dramatic spikes in joblessness over the last few years.
Prison burden flows over inmates and staff
A Victorian workers’ union has backed reports saying state prisons are dangerous, overcrowded and underfunded.
Public sector bargainers say Abetz off the table
The Community and Public Sector Union is forcing the government into negotiations on wages and conditions for 160,000 workers across state and federal levels.
Charity links checked for success
Corporate sponsorship of non-profits has been used as a shortcut to public favour, but new research shows there is a fine balance between success and cynicism in charitable business.
Court supports rules for tweeting truckies
Courts have supported logistics operator Linfox's social media policy, and the firing of one staff member who insulted a manager online.
New fair work rules applied to old allegation
The Fair Work Commission has made an important ruling on its new anti-bullying provisions, opening the door to allegations from years past.
Rail boss wants inroads to Chinese imports
The chief executive of Australia’s largest rail company has encouraged growth through free trade with China, while firing 50 staff.
Disability reviewed while rapid roll-out faces delay
The future of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is unclear once more, with a report into the agency set up to run it saying the scheme is woefully ill-prepared.
Job loss rumours swirl around long supply line
A regional newspaper has reported that a major gas project could be getting shut down, but the company behind has said nothing.
Abetz lays groundwork for broad building changes
The Federal Government believes jobs and capital are at stake, as it moves to reduce union power on building sites.
Age-pay adjustment condemned
Paying 20-year-old workers at the same rate as 21-year-olds will “kill jobs” and rend the already struggling retail sector, an industry lobby says.
Audit launched on shaky basis
A submission from the Community and Public Sector Union has poked holes in the very basis of the Government's Commission of Audit, saying parts of the Public Service probe are simply wrong.
Tape cut by the roll, but not all need to be so loose
Tweaks, changes, adjustments and overhauls are on the way, after the Federal Government’s first biannual 'repeal day'.
Charitable bodies call to keep their regulation
The heads of prominent Australian charities have written a letter to the Prime Minister, asking to keep their regulator.
Export fund says $110 million loan to Chile helps Australia
Australian taxpayers will lend $110 million to BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto to expand a mine in Chile.
Joyce jabs at Unions' safety hook
Alan Joyce has again lashed out at the Australian union movement, claiming it has been spreading rampant lies to fight efforts for more foreign investment.
Many modern awards fall in Fair Work's sight
The Fair Work Commission has released word on the scope of a workplace awards review.