Archived News for Human Resource Professionals - December, 2015
A Parliamentary report into credit card use has suggested banks should take better care of customers struggling to meet repayments.
Agriculture staff give slim rejection
A wage deal covering over 4,400 Agriculture Department workers has been rejected.
Government firms in QLD shake-down
The Queensland Government is raiding its own businesses to gather $1 billion in extra revenue, but reports say the gains will be swallowed up by a bulging public sector wage bill.
Scans show gender direction differences
There are a number of social stereotypes about finding things, and new research suggests they could have a neuroscientific basis.
School tech deal taken to court
Some top-level members of Victoria’s education department will face court on corruption charges.
Mouse monitor spots angry users
A new project has allowed researchers to gauge a person’s anger based only on the way they use a computer mouse.
NSW teachers in autism attack claim
Dozens of New South Wales teachers have assaulted students with autism, leaked documents allege.
Payback ordered from former union figure
Former federal MP Craig Thomson has been ordered to pay $458,000 for breaching the Fair Work Act.
Call for more than funds for 'ideas boom'
Some potential recipients of the Federal Government’s $1.1 billion “ideas boom” investment say revolutionising the economy will take more than just money.
Fuel pumps fail to follow drop
The ACCC says petrol margins are at their highest on record, letting retailers harvest the benefits from falling oil prices.
Farm study shows health hinged on weather
A new study has shown the mental health strain that climate change can bring for Australian workers.
Paris deal tries to get real on climate
The Federal Government signed an international climate change deal in Paris on Saturday night, which seeks to limit the future increase in global temperatures to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius.
Tech think tank to guide safe AI
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has kicked in to fund a new non-profit research company that seeks to promote ethical and safe artificial intelligence (AI).
Social and economic hits plotted in Tassie
A landmark report says Tasmanians cannot blame social disadvantage or low government spending for being behind on social and economic indicators.
Watchdog drags third trainer to court
The ACCC is taking a third big training provider to court on allegations it used illegal tactics to lure in new students, and rack up federal government loans.
Pay ruling breaks two-year inaction
Federal politicians, judges and top bureaucrats will receive a 2 per cent pay rise at the end of an Abbott government-era wage freeze next month.
Union wants detail on water worker reforms
The ACT’s Government-owned utility Icon Water has been accused of sacking workers because they are too old.
Watchdog could spend years in the cold
The head of Western Australia's Corruption and Crime Commission has commented on a string of “spectacular own goals” by the corruption watchdog in recent years.
Police problems laid bare in disturbing survey
The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) has found a high prevalence and tolerance of sexual harassment within Victoria Police.
Research calls for religious take on nature
With Paris climate talks stymied in indecision and ideological conflict, one researcher says appealing to a higher power might be the key.
Business links boosted for "ideas boom"
The Federal Government has put up almost $1.1 billion to promote business-based research, development and innovation over the next four years.