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Blind worker settles wage-calculation challenge

A disability employment services provider has reached an undisclosed settlement with a legally-blind worker in the Federal Court after he challenged the fairness of an assessment tool used to set his wage.


Wages underhang has replaced overhang: Labor's Leigh

Labor when it came to power in the 1980s sought to address the "real wage overhang" the economy faced, but now it has to correct a "real wage underhang", the federal shadow productivity minister told a conference last week.

Ross to outline plan for cutting red tape

The FWC will next week respond to reports urging it to speed up and reduce the cost to employers of unfair dismissal and adverse action claims, with a new small business division being held out as a chance to weed out "frequent flyers" pursuing applications of dubious merit.

Real labour costs fall, productivity up: ABS

Real non-farm unit labour costs have retreated after three successive quarters of growth, while productivity in the market sector has seen a modest spike to arrest consecutive quarterly falls, according to ABS national accounts data released today.

FWC to lose default fund role under PC proposal

The Productivity Commission has recommended severing default super fund allocation from the IR system, in its draft report on the superannuation system that confirms industry funds are "systematically" outperforming retail funds by a wide margin.


Automation changing the way we work, not jobs we do: Google

Australian workers have gained a "hugely significant" two hours a week from automation of their jobs over the past 15 years and will experience a similar boost through to 2030, according to the Australian outpost of technology giant Google.


ASU to fight hot desking push

The ASU is appealing a finding that the ATO can require employees to 'hot desk' regardless of whether they perform field work, the union arguing it wouldn't have endorsed the 2017 agreement if it had been made aware of the agency's intention.