In Today's Media

ACT public sector gag may be incompatible with human rights law: commissioner (26/07/2016)
A plan to gag ACT public servants from damaging the reputation of government outside of work may be incompatible with human rights law, according to the territory's human rights commissioner.
Source: The Canberra Times

Economic benefit of up to $78 billion if Australia employed more people over 55: report (26/07/2016)
If Australia increased the workforce participation of older workers it could boost the economy by up to $78 billion, a new report has found.
Source: ABC

Turnbull throws down the gauntlet on IR reform (26/07/2016)
Malcolm Turnbull has challenged Labor to support new safeguards to protect workers and restore confidence in unions as he rejected an appeal from Bill Shorten to make a joint submission to the industrial umpire in defence of penalty rates.
Source: The Australian

Commonwealth Games site hostage to union ‘ploy’ (26/07/2016)
The militant CFMEU allegedly ­targeted the $126 million site of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games opening ceremony with a crippling industrial campaign that left tradesmen with as little as two hours of work a day.
Source: The Australian

Mirvac chief sees the sense in diversity (26/07/2016)
For Mirvac's managing director, Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz, diversity in the workforce is not just about social equity, it also makes better business sense.
Source: Australian Financial Review

Scott Morrison holds line on super ahead of draft legislation release (26/07/2016)
Treasurer Scott Morrison has used his second international forum in as many days to assure the financial world he was holding the line on proposed changes to superannuation for the sake of the federal budget.
Source: Australian Financial Review

When your boss oversteps the boundaries, but you're not sure if it's abuse (26/07/2016)
This story took place more than 25 years ago, and I'm still not sure what it's about. Death? Sexual harassment? An invasion of privacy? I don't know. I really don't know.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Union threatens freeze on more than 500 redundancies (25/07/2016)
A union representing staff at the agency managing Australia's airspace will seek to block the redundancies of more than 500 workers until it is consulted on the roles to be cut.
Source: The Canberra Times

Firefighters’ union members, families, furious over ‘groper levy’ (25/07/2016)
Cracks in firebrand United Firefighters Union boss Peter Marsh­all’s stranglehold over the union have begun to appear, with a shop steward attacking the UFU for defend­ing a recruit who faced previous allegations he had groped women in an earlier ­career and a firefighter caught ­accessing racist and porn­ographic material.
Source: The Australian

Golden oldies could provide $78 billion boost to the economy, report finds (25/07/2016)
Australia is lagging while New Zealand soars ahead in attracting and retaining older employees in the workforce, costing an estimated $72 billion a year.
Source: Australian Financial Review

Woolworths cuts 500 jobs, slows store roll-out, explores Ezibuy sale (25/07/2016)
Woolworths will incur restructuring costs of almost $1 billion after the retail giant said a new operating model would lead to it slashing 500 jobs, slowing its store roll-out and closing underperforming outlets.
Source: Australian Financial Review

Beware the angry employee (25/07/2016)
There are typically three forms of anger in the workplace. 'Expressed' anger is when employees find constructive ways of voicing their frustration, such as taking their concerns straight to management. 'Deviant' anger is when they channel their ire and release it in an ungraceful explosion. 'Suppressed' anger, by far the most common, is when the venting is targeted towards colleagues rather than those responsible.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

'She didn't ask for it': is this why women don't get the top job? (25/07/2016)
This year is shaping up as an exciting one for econo-girl nerds, like me. Ladies could soon comprise the troika of political and economic power that controls the world's largest economy.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Industry super funds outperform retail, partly due to lower share exposure (22/07/2016)
Industry super funds have continued to outperform their for-profit rivals, with data from SuperRatings showing a 1.72 percentage point gap in returns last financial year.
Source: ABC

Arrium: Union members turn down administrators' pay offer (22/07/2016)
Union members are rejecting an offer of a 12 per cent pay cut from the administrators of Arrium's troubled Whyalla steelworks.
Source: ABC

Jerkplace relations: How to deal with jerks at work (22/07/2016)
While bullies and abusers are relatively easy to identify, and many workplaces have had policies on these issues in place for decades, Spreitzer says other jerks can be harder to spot.
Source: ABC

Free speech should have been issue in federal election 2016 campaign (22/07/2016)
The senator, a member of Tony Abbott’s inner-circle as prime minister, last night said the government should also have highlighted the ongoing legal dispute between Queensland University of Technology staff member Cindy Prior and three students whom she ejected from a “culturally safe” indigenous computer room.
Source: The Australian

Penalty rates are strangling small business (22/07/2016)
Scanlan is fervently hoping the Fair Work Commission will announce a cut to penalty rates. Next month, the independent industrial umpire is due to hand down its decision on whether to reduce the weekend and public holiday penalty rates paid under seven industry awards.
Source: The Australian

Fair Work Commission rules Tax Office had right to sack 'whistleblower' who didn't do his job (21/07/2016)
The Tax Office has won the right to sack a whistleblower who complained about what he said were unlawful "covert operations" against innocent taxpayers – because he refused to do his work.
Source: The Canberra Times

Labor Party to block Malcolm Turnbull’s mandate on IR (21/07/2016)
Labor has signalled it will deny Malcolm Turnbull a mandate for any broad industrial relations agenda in this term because the government did not respond ­before the election to a key review of workplace laws.
Source: The Australian

Stay out of talks, rural firefighters warn union (21/07/2016)
The head of Queensland’s 36,000-strong Rural Fire Brigade Association has warned heavyweights in the powerful national United Firefighters Union to stay out of Queensland and leave the state’s volunteers alone.
Source: The Australian

Co-working spaces expand across Melbourne (21/07/2016)
The amount of space occupied by co-working hubs in Melbourne has increased a staggering 750 per cent in the past three years. The rapid roll-out of flexible premises where different businesses work together in a common, shared, rented space signals a broader and longer-term change in the way work and business are being done.
Source: Australian Financial Review

Demand for 'creative' qualifications expected to soar (21/07/2016)
Australian employers need to start seeking staff with mixed skills, including creativity, and not solely hire candidates with the sought-after qualifications of science, mathematics or technology, a report says.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

CFMEU fined for illegally entering Adelaide construction sites in 2014 (20/07/2016)
The Federal Court has fined South Australia's construction union $132,000 for illegally entering Adelaide construction sites in 2014.
Source: ABC