Written by Workforce chief journalist Gerard May. The Fair Work Commission has found a decorated war veteran and the first female Black Hawk pilot was unfairly dismissed from her private sector job with the cmn forming “a strong impression” her gender was a “significant factor” in her boss looking for “dirt” on her – while ...more
Written by Workers Compensation Report managing editor Helen Jones. Qld’s Anti-Discrimination Commission (ADCQ) has recommended the state workers’ compensation law be further amended to achieve “greater clarity” and “understanding” for employers and employees. ADCQ says it supports a Qld Government proposal to remove prospective employers’ right to obtain job applicants’ w/comp claims histories from the ...more
The Financial Services Institute of Australia (Finsia) has launched a series of videos of executives revealing their personal “lightbulb moment” which led to them understanding the issue of gender diversity. One video shows Commonwealth Bank CEO Ian Narev talking about the impact of having parents who were holocaust survivors and how that gave him an ...more
The Federal Government has announced a new Minimum Standard which will apply to businesses with more than 500 employees but it will continue to consult on additional reporting matters under the Workplace Gender Equality Act (WGE Act). Reporting requirements for businesses with more than 100 employees remained unchanged from April 4, settling a period of ...more
The Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) has slammed Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott’s proposal for a Coalition government to scale back the racial vilification provisions. Abbott was referring to the finding columnist Andrew Bolt had vilified white-skinned Indigenous Australians, and said the interpretation of Section 18C of the Race Discrim Act has placed too great a restriction on free speech.
The Australian Industry Group has opposed the expansion of “adversarial” anti-discrimination law to deal with workplace bullying, arguing it was an occupational health and safety issue. AiG industrial relations director Stephen Smith urged govts to work with industry groups to educate employers, employees and the community focusing on prevention. “It is not widely understood that ...more