May 2014

5 – 11 May 2014 Canberra Times The Public Service Commission’s latest report identified ethical leadership and workplace bullying as primary issues to be addressed. New measures have been introduced to stop bullying behaviour. APS staff have existing rights to bring bullying complaints to their agency’s leaders for code of conduct breaches. The commission says […]

April 2014

28 April – 4 May 2014 The Age The CSIRO is setting up an internal bully-busting unit amid the fall-out from the accusations of a toxic workplace. A leader has said that many improvements have been made but the CSIRO was more concerned that more than half of the staffers who responded to a recent[…..]

March 2014

24 – 30 March 2014 CCH Employers who wish to reward and motivate employees should use bonuses, gifts, gift vouchers and other special incentives carefully. A recent decision of the Federal Court of Australia has said that employers should not use these benefits to treat some employees differently because they have relied upon a workplace[…..]

February 2014

24 February – 02 March 2014 Smart Company A $500,000 age discrimination claim brought by a former waiter against Guy Grossi will go to mediation this week. Mr Tedesco filed an age discrimination claim after he left Grossi’s restaurant. Grossi claims that Tedesco quit, but the employee of 15 years says he was forced out[…..]

January 2014

20 – 26 January 2014 Mining Australia A miner has lost his claim for unfair dismissal after he was fired for lying about his drug use. Anglo American dismissed Mr Vaughan in April 2013 after he tested positive for methamphetamine. The FWC sided with Anglo American saying the employee was dismissed as a result of[…..]

December 2013

30 December 2013 – 05 January 2014 The Examiner Tasmania’s business groups fear new workplace bullying laws will prompt a tide of frivolous complaints and spark a rise in ‘hush money’ payouts. Australia’s new workplace bullying laws allow workers to apply to the Fair Work Commission seeking a formal order to stop bullying. However, it[…..]

November 2013

25 – 01 December 2013 The Lawyer Safe Work Australia has released its draft Code of Practice on Preventing and Responding to Workplace Bullying. The bullying guide will not have the same legal force as a code of practice, but it will set a national benchmark for managing workplace bullying. They also released a separate[…..]

October 2013

28 – 3 November 2013 Sydney Morning Herald Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner condemned an attack on members of Sydney’s Jewish community saying it was a reminder that racial vilification could escalate into racial violence. Four men and one woman were assaulted by a group of eight males in Bondi on Friday in what was allegedly[…..]

September 2013

23 – 29 September 2013 ABC Community sector workers across Canberra are angry that the ACT Government is not passing on equal pay increases. Last year Fair Work Australia found community sector workers were underpaid and ordered that wages increase by between 19-41% to reduce the gender pay gap. Yahoo Finance The US Department of[…..]