Employment law & Industrial relations

  • Shorten flags change of FWA for pregnant women by Stephanie Zillman

    Workplace relations minister Bill Shorten intends to introduce new laws governing the rights of pregnant women at work and increase flexibility with parental leave.

  • Blockade at job site over use of foreign labour by Iain Hopkins

    A contractor south-west of Melbourne has flown foreign workers into a construction site via helicopter – he says the site has been blockaded by unemployed workers.

  • Election battleground: workplace relations? by Stephanie Zillman

    The Labor government has flagged its intention to increase the number of employees who can ask for flexible working arrangements – are you abreast of what would change?

  • Fair Work hones in on unpaid work schemes by Stephanie Zillman

    The Fair Work Ombudsman today announced a new focus on educating employers and employees about the legitimacy of schemes for unpaid work experience.

  • Employee fraud went up 40% in 2012 by Stephanie Zillman

    It’s both a breach of trust and a criminal act, but it seems more employees than ever before are committing acts of fraud against their employees – what’s going wrong?

  • Rio Tinto case could have wide consequences if union wins by HCA

    Resources giant Rio Tinto is currently locked in a court battle with the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CMFEU) over claims it paid higher redundancy payments to non-union members.

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