In Today's Media

Ex-Telstra Boss David Thodey champions employee share ownership (24/05/2016)
David Thodey increased the proportion of Telstra staff who owned the company's shares from below 70 per cent to 90 per cent while he ran the telco, and he's urging more executives to introduce employee share schemes.
Source: Australian Financial Review

The FBT motor vehicle trap (24/05/2016)
The Fringe Benefits Tax system was introduced to crack down on employees taking salary in other forms, such as motor vehicles and entertainment allowances, and avoiding paying income tax.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Woolworths trolley collector underpaid $26,000 in less than four months (24/05/2016)
A Woolworths supermarket trolley collector was allegedly made to work from 9am to 10pm, seven days a week for a flat-rate of $701.25 per week, the Fair Work Ombudsman has found.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Fair Work Commission awards compensation to a worker who wagged the team huddle (23/05/2016)
A 457 visa worker sacked for refusing to join a team-building office "huddle" has been awarded $8,500 compensation by the Fair Work Commission.
Source: Australian Financial Review

Top hotels cheated staff out of pay: Fair Work Ombudsman (23/05/2016)
Three of the country’s major four- and five-star hotel chains have been underpaying their housekeeping staff, an inquiry by the Fair Work Ombudsman has found.
Source: The Australian

Airport worker sacked for ‘ISIS-friendly’ posts (23/05/2016)
An airport worker who was sacked for making social media posts considered to be supportive of Islamic State is taking his case to the Fair Work Commission.
Source: The Australian

Wage rip-offs rampant in some sectors (23/05/2016)
Underpayment of wages was “rampant” in certain sectors of Australian industry, particularly where migrant workers were involved, the head of the federal government’s proposed Migrant Workers Task Force, Professor Allan Fels, said yesterday.
Source: The Australian

REST Industry Super withheld paraplegic woman's disability insurance (23/05/2016)
A paraplegic woman's battle to receive a disability insurance payout from REST Industry Super highlights how, critics say, thousands of its members are being ripped-off by fine print exclusions.
Source: Australian Financial Review

QSuper makes pioneering life insurance play (23/05/2016)
Super fund giant QSuper has become the first non-profit super fund to launch its own life insurance company in a move that will send shockwaves through the $44 billion life insurance sector.
Source: Australian Financial Review

Low pay growth, price rises and the new normal (23/05/2016)
Are we waiting with ever-growing impatience for the economy to get back to normal, or has the economy shifted to a "new normal"?
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Unemployment steady at 5.7pc, (19/05/2016)
Unemployment has remained unchanged at 5.7 per cent, with the estimated addition of 10,800 jobs last month.
Source: ABC

Fears unvaccinated aged care workers putting lives of elderly at risk, (19/05/2016)
The lives of elderly people are being put at risk because of worryingly low uptake of flu vaccines among healthcare workers, public health experts have warned.
Source: ABC

Wage growth hits fresh lows, ABS index shows (19/05/2016)
Wage growth has hit a fresh record low, with workers' pay rising just 0.4 per cent last quarter and 2.1 per cent over the past year.
Source: ABC

The dangers of discrimination are clear - even if we don't see them (19/05/2016)
It's an issue my workplace has been exploring in a very practical way, and the results of our experiment have been illuminating,
Source: ABC

CFMEU’s 5pc a year demand ‘unsustainable’: industry (19/05/2016)
The militant construction union in Victoria is demanding a 5 per cent-a-year wage rise as part of a deal with contractors branded “unsustainable” yesterday by the Master Builders Association.
Source: The Australian

Daniel Susskind and the gradual demise of professional gatekeepers (19/05/2016)
We have doctors, lawyers, teachers, architects, accountants and other professionals to solve problems that are too complicated for us to handle by ourselves. Yet these jobs are increasingly under threat from new technology, information systems and artificial intelligence capable or replacing the job of human experts.
Source: Australian Financial Review

Fears gig-economy threatens loss of 100 years of workplace rights (19/05/2016)
Workplace innovation, including the Airtasker and Uber business models, risk the loss of hard-won protections for workers and the creation a new "hungry mile" in Australia, a leading law professor warns.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Coalition targets 7-Eleven in new policy package (19/05/2016)
A ten-fold increase in fines alongside a $20 million funding boost and new powers for the workplace watchdog are at the heart of a Coalition election policy to clamp down on wage fraud across the country.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Regulator targets individual officials to break CFMEU (19/05/2016)
The national building watchdog wants judges to impose personal penalties on 23 construction union officials because it believes the union is too financially powerful to be hurt by fines.
Source: Australian Financial Review

Influential shop assistants union canvasses penalty rate cut (19/05/2016)
The nation's largest right-wing union has canvassed the prospect of the Fair Work Commission cutting penalty rates, and urged the tribunal to make Sunday work voluntary if penalties are reduced.
Source: Australian Financial Review

Wage inflation may be on the way back up: NAB (19/05/2016)
A pick-up in wage growth in Australia's non-mining states might soon start to feed into inflation, taking some pressure off the Reserve Bank of Australia, says National Australia Bank.
Source: Australian Financial Review

Federal election 2016: minister, MUA talk shipping reform (18/05/2016)
The Turnbull government is reconsidering its hardline coastal shipping changes after unprecedented talks with the militant maritime union, casting doubt on its plan to open waterways to cheaper foreign competition.
Source: The Australian

Federal election 2016: food sector between high penalties, lower prices (18/05/2016)
The owner and chef of Papa Goose, Neale White, says restaurateurs are caught in the middle, wanting to pay staff penalty rates and not wishing to pass the extra cost to customers.
Source: The Australian

Ditch the peak hour squeeze and embrace flexible work schedules (18/05/2016)
For anyone who has ever had to stay back in the office to meet a deadline, the commute home can feel like travelling home in an alternate universe where you keep wondering, "where is everyone?"
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

"I worked 44 hours straight" (18/05/2016)
Under-resourced and understaffed, too many businesses are exploiting their best asset.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Employee who told boss to 'kiss my arse' was not unfairly sacked, Fair Work Commission finds (18/05/2016)
Two workers abused their bosses; one of them got away with it.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

WA scaffolder carrying gear died after falling from wharf, inquest hears (18/05/2016)
An Irish scaffolder who fell from a wharf in Dampier and is thought to have drowned was wearing a lot of equipment, including a harness, but no personal floatation device, the WA Coroner's Court has heard.
Source: ABC

ANZ announces 200 job cuts in response to sluggish economy (18/05/2016)
Australia & New Zealand Banking Group will cut about 200 jobs from its local workforce in response to poor economic conditions, the bank says.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald