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December 21, 2017

What to do if you’re experiencing workplace bullying, harassment or discrimination

Workplace bullying, harassment or discrimination can make you feel powerless, as if no one’s on your side. But this isn’t the case. For employers, tolerating or promoting these toxic behaviours in the workplace rather than creating inclusive and safe environments is not only immoral; it’s contrary to the law. Every employee has the right not […]

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December 20, 2017

Working on Christmas Day? Employee rights on a public holiday

If you work a 9-5 job, you’ll probably spend Christmas Day at home with family, feasting on fine food and swapping gifts. Yet for thousands of Australian workers, the day is business as usual. Doctors, police officers, paramedics, firefighters and carers are among the many who may be requested to work a shift on December […]

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December 11, 2017

Annual leave: Seven things you need to know before taking time off this Christmas

As Christmas rapidly approaches, most of us are rushing to finalise holiday plans. Whether you’re visiting family, heading overseas or simply enjoying some much-needed rest and relaxation at home, here’s what you need to know before taking time off this Christmas: Are you experiencing difficulties in your place of work? Know your rights.  1. Employers […]

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December 7, 2017

Dos and don’ts for your work Christmas party

For some, Christmas parties are a time to let your hair down, bond with your colleagues and celebrate the closing of another year. For others, the forced festivity is an ordeal to be survived. No matter where you fall on this spectrum, it’s important to remember that you may be off the clock but you’re […]

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November 28, 2017

Radio stars dumped: What every Aussie worker needs to know

KiisFm unceremoniously fired Kate Langbroek, Dave Hughes, Meshel Laurie and Matt Tilley on Friday last week. The popular radio hosts were axed from their respective radio shows without warning or a chance to say goodbye to listeners. The radio announcers were supposed to finish their on-air duties on Friday, 8 December. According to news reports, Hughesy […]

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November 20, 2017

The ‘yes’ vote: What it means for your workplace

Australia has said ‘yes’. Results from the Turnbull government’s Australian Marriage Law postal survey have confirmed 61.6% of responders are in favour of changing the law to allow same-sex couples to marry. On the day the results were revealed, a bill was introduced into parliament to legalise same-sex marriage. The outcome of the survey and […]

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November 9, 2017

Fruit pickers, take note

Come harvest time, most Australian farmers are desperate for good workers.  For backpackers fruit picking is a relatively easy job to secure between December and July, but the work itself is far from a walk in the park.  Days are long, with repetitive and physically demanding tasks in very hot and humid conditions. Backpackers, know […]

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November 7, 2017

Don’t let redundancy ruin your Christmas

With just under two months until Christmas, an unfortunate reality is that this time can bring uncertainty around the security of your employment. Big and small businesses sometimes approach this time of year as a time to reduce costs and people headcounts, looking to start the year fresh. The festive season often sees a spike […]

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October 30, 2017

Mental health in the workplace: Australian Federal Police officers speak out

Members of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) have recently started to stand up and speak out. Tales of inadequate institutional support for workplace bullying and mental health issues are coming forward. Almost 100 officers both past and present have spoken out on what has been called the AFP’s “disturbing bullying culture”. With incidents of workplace […]

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