Employers would need advanced authorisation from a regulator before they could monitor or conduct surveillance on their employees under one of two options on workplace privacy put forward by the Victorian Law Reform Commission today.
Westpac has announced today that it will pay its 22,000 Australian employees a 4% pay rise from October 1 despite failing to conclude bargaining negotiations with the FSU, while the CBA - which is in a protracted bargaining dispute with the union - will oppose a resolution the FSU is putting to its November 5 AGM.
An overweight coal miner sacked three times by Anglo Coal's Capcoal operations for being unfit for work has won a discrimination claim against the company after it then refused to let him on site at a different mine.
Almost two-thirds of manufacturers employing more than 100 people are experiencing difficulty in recruiting skilled workers, underlining the need for business and government to develop strategies to close the "skills gap", according to the Australian Industry Group.
A permanent sub-committee made up of union, staff and management representatives will monitor workloads under a new enterprise agreement struck between the federal Department of Health and Ageing and five unions.
A standalone Work and Family Act containing new legal rights would be established, along with a Work and Family Commissioner to oversee it, while working parents would be entitled to up to 30 hours a week of free childcare, under the work/life policy the Democrats will take to the October 9 federal election.
A Cairns adventure tourism operator has been ordered to pay a former manager $26,750 in damages, lost earnings and interest after being found to have discriminated against her on the basis of her pregnancy and parental status.