The Australian Public Service Commission has released guidelines on the Abbott Government's public sector freeze, exposing the vulnerability of thousands of "non-ongoing" workers to the blunt edge of its plan to cut 12,000 jobs through "natural attrition".
The FWC is considering initiating action against the CFMEU and its officials over right of entry breaches on four Lend Lease sites in Adelaide, but has stopped short of issuing orders to counter union threats of industrial action if the company refused to engage non-working shop stewards and fly the union flag from cranes.
The FWC has accepted that Transfield Services was within its rights to dismiss a cleaner on its NSW Government schools contract who had his school security clearance withdrawn after the State learned he had been convicted of assault three times during his tenure.
Unions have told the High Court that NSW's political donation laws infringe the implied constitutional rights to freedom of political communication and association, and are inconsistent with Commonwealth electoral laws.
Companies should adopt targets for equal representation of women and men in senior positions and elimination of gender-based pay differences, and engage a "business-oriented" head of HR to drive change, according to a report the BCA commissioned from former James Hardie chair Meredith Hellicar.