Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Australia as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Australia: NSW grant program offering $5,000 to eligible women looking to return to the workforce

Eligible women in New South Wales who are experiencing barriers to re-entering the workforce may apply for grants to assist them …

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Australia: New duties for high risk crystalline silica work in force

Victorian employers are being reminded there are new obligations in place to help protect workers from exposure to deadly crystalline silica dust …

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Australia: Reforms to employee share schemes from October 2022

From 1st October 2022, Employee Share Schemes (ESS) will generally be easier to launch …

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Australia: Terminating an employee for excessive phone usage during work hours

An employee may be dismissed if they use a substantial amount of work time to tend to personal matters …

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Australia: Unilateral unpaid leave

Employers had no right to unilaterally place an employee on indefinite leave without pay …

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Australia: May a company fire a worker for incorrect use of a face mask?

An employee in an elderly care institution was summarily dismissed from her employment after lowering her face mask to communicate with residents who were “hard of hearing” …

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Australia: Appeal reversal – Repeated turning caused spinal injury in racecourse manager

An employer may breach their duty of care by necessitating that an employee repetitively turn their head when operating machinery …

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Australia: Proposed 10 days paid family and domestic violence leave

A provisional view issued by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) is that employers should provide 10 days of paid family and domestic violence (FDV) leave …

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Australia: Private sector pay rises likely to spiral during 2022

During Q1 of this year, basic negotiated pay in the private sector rose by an average of just 3 …

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Australia: Western Australia’s new WHS laws

Western Australia implements health and safety law via three regulations …

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Australia: Real wages to fall by 3% this year as inflation surges, says RBA

The Reserve Bank of Australia is predicting that real wages will fall 3% this year …

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Australia: Personal use of company car can be used to meet high-income threshold

FWC upper income limit reached by including personal use of a company car …

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Australia: Dismissal for out-of-hours Facebook posts upheld

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has upheld the summary dismissal by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) of an employee who posted highly offensive material on his personal Facebook pages …

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Australia: The right of an employer to deny an employee’s remote work arrangement request

The Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) has upheld an employer’s decision to reject the request by a HR advisor to continue working from home on a full-time basis when she relocated interstate …

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Australia: Job vacancies 57% higher than pre-COVID

The posting of job ads has risen significantly, but this may not be sustained …

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