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July 4, 2018

NSFW: What words are “Safe for Work”

Words can be very powerful and the recent move by the Katter party to protect gendered language (like “her” and “him”) in the workplace along with the union delegate fined for his “strong words” has raised some interesting conversations about what you can, and can’t, say in the office. There are actually already lots of […]

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June 20, 2018

Why do employees quit?

Retaining top of the market talent is as important, if not more important than attracting new talent. Whilst retaining staff is no easy feat, employee turnover costs significantly more than many people realise. Not only is there the added cost of recruiting and training new staff, but the flow on effect creates deeper issues. High […]

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June 18, 2018

How To Get a Pay Rise

In a period where the cost of living has increased monumentally, workers’ wages haven’t followed the same trajectory. In fact, workers’ wages have increased at record low levels over the past 5 years.[1] That is not to say a sizeable pay rise is unrealistic nor unattainable. Instead, it means workers ought to think harder about […]

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June 1, 2018

Fair Work Commission announces increase to the minimum wage

Today the Fair Work Commission handed down its yearly wage review decision. The good news for employees is that the Commission decided that the national minimum wage should be increased by 3.5%. This now means that the hourly national minimum wage from 1 July 2018 will rise to $18.93. The weekly minimum wage will now […]

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March 27, 2018

Job interviews: Can a prospective employer really ask that?

A job interview is a chance for a prospective employer to collect as much information about a candidate as possible. However, job applicants have legal rights even before they become employees, and federal and state laws prohibit prospective employers from asking certain questions that aren’t relevant to your ability to do the job. Here’s a […]

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March 22, 2018

Thinking about volunteering? Know your rights and responsibilities

Every year thousands of Australians support their community by volunteering with a wide range of organisations. Unlike paid staff, volunteers aren’t covered by awards or workplace agreements. However they still have important rights and protections from mistreatment. What is a volunteer? Although there is no legal definition of a volunteer in Australia, Volunteering Australia defines […]

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March 20, 2018

Celebrating Harmony Day: Respecting cultural diversity at work

March 21 is Harmony Day. A celebration of Australian multiculturalism, the day coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. On this day, schools, workplaces and communities come together to celebrate our multicultural country. We’ve been doing so since 1999 and have held more than 70,000 Harmony Day events throughout […]

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March 13, 2018

Casual vs. permanent part-time: What it means for your workplace rights

Whether you’re searching for a new casual job or experiencing problems at your current workplace, understanding what your employment status means is critical for protecting your rights at work. Your entitlements change depending on your type of employment, so it’s important to be aware exactly what it means to be a part-time or casual worker. […]

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March 8, 2018

International Women’s Day 2018: A timeline of women’s rights in Australia

This International Women’s Day, the theme is #PressForProgress. Despite the support for movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp, the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report states that worldwide gender parity is over 200 years away. Gender equality won’t happen overnight, but now more than ever, we must keep pressing for progress. Although gender disparity still […]

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