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Royal Commission backs staffing ratios; & more

Aged Care Commission would develop staff:patient ratios, says Report; Crown probing underpayments; ALP national conference looming; and Biden backs "free and fair choice" as Amazon workers vote.

Junk onerous casual conversion process: Fast food giant

McDonald's, the sole corporation to make a submission to the Omnibus Bill inquiry, is calling for substantial amendments to casual conversion provisions and the BOOT, indicating the legislation's changes to the latter are insufficient to renew its interest in enterprise bargaining.

Omnibus IR Bill inquiry to report in March; & more

Omnibus IR Bill inquiry to report in March; New inquiry into insecure employment; Submissions due in February for APS capability inquiry; Inquiry considering axing retired judges' pensions for past misconduct; and VACC seeking name change.

Corrupt former HSU leader Jackson avoids jail

A Victorian County Court judge has held that former HSU official Kathy Jackson "selfishly" misused about $103,000 in union funds, but has handed down a wholly-suspended two-year jail sentence.

Labor's questions divert ROC's attention

The Registered Organisations Commission has spent up to 42% of its recent work time responding to questions on notice from Labor's Senator Kimberley Kitching, according to one of its senior officers.

Watch out for workplace surveillance, data collection: Unions

The Berejiklian Government needs to pressure its federal counterpart over gig economy minimum wages and conditions and regulate the use of workplace surveillance and data, according to a Unions NSW submission to a parliamentary inquiry into the future of work.

HSU "whistleblower" Jackson pleads guilty to deception

Former HSU national secretary Kathy Jackson faces a pre-sentencing hearing on November 17 after this week pleading guilty in the Victorian County Court to two charges of obtaining a financial advantage of deception.

Victoria starts consultations on gig economy proposals

Victoria's Andrews Labor Government has opened public consultations into the recommendations of the landmark inquiry into the gig economy workforce, while it has also appointed its first public sector gender equality commissioner.


Fortescue, Atlassian push for share scheme changes

The major iron miner Fortescue Metals has called for the income tax exemption ceiling for employee share schemes to be lifted from $1000 to $5000, arguing the cap is too low to provide a "meaningful incentive".