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Published on 18 December 2013: The incidence of secretly recorded conversations between workers and bosses is on the rise. Smart phones have made it technologically easier. An industrial relations culture plagued by insecure work has made it more attractive.
Published on 11 December 2013: The Fair Work regulations define a temporary absence or injury. Provided the employee notifies their boss of the injury or illness correctly, it is unlawful to terminate a worker who is injured or ill and on extended leave.
Published on 14 November 2013: The report of the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the handling of child sex abuse allegations, "Betrayal of Trust", was tabled in Parliament today. Members of the Committee spoke to the report.
Published on 12 November 2013: The Victorian Parliamentary Committee on sexual abuse is expected to be release its report this week as victims rally to press for legal reforms with November 13 the most likely date for release.
Published on 08 November 2013: Employers are putting the brakes on what a worker says on social media. While that topic has been discussed a lot, it is still a difficult call to say how much control an employer can expect to have over a staffer’s private time.
Published on 19 September 2013: Employees of the Commonwealth Government and some other large companies who are injured while at work and on the road, will almost certainly apply for injury compensation under the national insurer, Comcare. But would claiming under TAC be better?
Published on 07 September 2013: Statistics provided by the AAT show that since about 2010, an average of between 350 and 400 compensation applications per year are lodged with the Tribunal. The Tribunal aims to finalise matters within 12 months and achieves this in over 60% of cases.
Published on 06 September 2013: ABC News has reported that the reporting deadline for the Victorian parliamentary inquiry into the handling of sexual abuse by religious and other organisations has been extended again.
Published on 06 September 2013: A scientist working for the CSIRO has been successful in overturning a decision by Comcare refusing him compensation for an illness he claimed had been exacerbated by exposure to electro magnetic radiation while at work.
Published on 31 July 2013: If you are a reluctant independent contactor who feels they should be acknowledged as an employee, protections do exist under the law. The fact that someone has given you the title "independent contractor" does not mean it will hold up in law.
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