Employment news, 14/09/10


Employment news, 14/09/10

Lockyer Valley farm directors fined $35,000 - underpaying workers; Workers make most of redundancy in hot job market, data reveals; Happiness + Wellbeing @ Work Conference, Sydney.


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Lockyer Valley farm directors fined $35,000 —underpaying workers; Workers make most of redundancy in hot job market, data reveals; Happiness + Wellbeing @ Work Conference, Sydney.
Lockyer Valley farm directors fined $35,000 —underpaying workers
The operators of a Lockyer Valley farm have been fined a total of $35,360 for underpaying seven fruit and vegetable pickers.
Nu Life Organic Farms Pty Ltd, which formerly operated a cucumber farm at Grantham, has been fined $25,500.
Company directors Trevor John Bell and Peter John Hill, who were involved in running the farm, have also been fined $4930 each.
The penalties, imposed in the Federal Magistrates Court in Brisbane, are the result of a prosecution by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Workers make most of redundancy in hot job market, data reveals
Employees made redundant during 2010 found it easier to land a new role, and to step up in terms of pay or seniority, new data from Right Management reveals.
Right Management is the talent and career management division within Manpower, a global enterprise involved in employment services.
The data compares outcomes for 739 individuals undertaking Right Management’s career transition programs in the last eight months (Jan-Aug 2010), and the eight months preceding them (May-Dec 2009). It reveals that 70 percent of 2010 participants left Right Management’s career transition program because they landed a new role, compared with 46 percent in 2009 — a 52 percent increase.
There was also an increase in people finding roles with higher salaries, from 29 percent of participants in 2009 to 40 percent in 2010. And 28 percent of this year’s participants found a role at a higher level.
Good news
Tim Roche, career management practice leader at Right Management, said, 'People are finding a role much faster this year, and a significant number have found a better role or more money. This is good news for people who, despite the recovery, face the prospect of being made redundant'.
Roche said the major workforce cuts seen during the downturn have come to an end, but the fact is, some employees continue to face job losses, as part of normal business operations.
Happiness + Wellbeing @ Work Conference, Sydney
Date: 17 September 2010
Venue: Harbours Edge Event Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney
The Happiness + Wellbeing @ Work conference is facilitated by some of Australia’s leading experts on psychology, leadership, OHS, and Human Resources.
The conference, now in its fourth year, presents the latest research and strategies to enable management to generate increased productivity through the dominant value of employee wellbeing.
This year, attendees will gain an insight into successful employee wellbeing programs through case studies by Rail Corp and Sanitarium. Workshops will give participants practical exercises and ideas to bring back to the workplace.
Confirmed speakers include:
  • Keynote Speaker: Clive Hamilton, Vice-Chancellor’s Chair in Public Ethics, ANU
  • Happiness + Wellbeing Defined: Anthony Grant, director, Coaching Psychology Unit, University of Sydney
  • Happiness + Wellbeing Programs @ Work — Case Studies: Jane Rawson, senior advisor health promotion, Railcorp, and Michelle McCracken, health & wellbeing consultant, Cultivate Sanitarium
  • The Organisational Culture Impacts of Creating Flexible Workplaces: Kerry Fallon Horgan, Flexibility At Work
  • Happy Minds = Happy Workplaces: Meggan Brummer, Holistic Services Group
  • Creating the Environment for Happiness, Wellness and Performance:Tony Wilson, director, Teamcorp
  • Working Well With Well Workers: John Littleton, psychological services co-ordinator NSW/ACT, Medibank Health Solutions
  • Towards a new workplace diversity culture — findings from DCA’s ‘Working for the Future’ survey: Nareen Young, CEO, Diversity Council Australia
  • Closing Comments: John Buchanan, director, Workplace Research Centre, University of Sydney.
The conference attracts around 100 to 150 HR managers, OHS, and wellbeing managers each year from both the private and public sector. It is also a great networking opportunity with exhibiting time being held during conference breaks.
Price: Early Bird price is $495 until 27 August. Exhibit table and sponsorship opportunities are still available.
Organiser: Workplace Research Centre, University of Sydney.
Contact: Email Karen Treacy, phone 02 93515624 or visit the conference website.
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