In an extraordinary move, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has responded to the backlash to her government’s submission to the social and community sector equal remuneration case by sending an email pleading her own life experience meant she understood the pressures the industry faced. “When I was growing up my mother worked in a Salvation Army ...more
Sex Discrimination Cmr Elizabeth Broderick has warned employers not to be complacent about gender equality following the passage of the PPL Bill, saying the issue is definitely not “finished business” and there are still “major gaps”. Broderick released a Gender Equality Blueprint 2010 on June 23 as a next step to achieving gender equality reforms. ...more
The Aust Services Unions has launched its pay equity test case on pressday, the ACTU has announced. The case will be the first run under, and help define, the Fair Work Act’s equal remuneration principles and covers the 200,000-plus social and community services (SACS) workers.
Delivering pay equity requires a “carrot and stick” approach, and presently there is insufficient stick, the chair of the House of Reps inquiry Sharryn Jackson has said.
Australia has halted its slide down the global gender equity ranks, going up one place to 20th in 2009 after dropping from its 15th place in 2006, according to the World Economic Forum.
The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has released a series of guides to help small-to-medium-sized businesses implement “best practice” initiatives related to their IR processes.