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  • ABS Labour Force revisions: a botch job or short term pain for long term gain?

    Posted 20/10/2014 by Aaron Greenup

    Prior to releasing the September Labour Force Survey (LFS) results this month, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) announced they were taking the unusual step of dropping the seasonally adjusted Labour Force estimates for July, August and September. Many users of the monthly survey results have since expressed concern about the quality and reliability of the estimates. Some of the commentary has suggested the recent issue with the estimates was due in part to budget cutbacks to the statistics agency. However, the recent volatility in the seasonally adjusted estimates is more likely to be associated with the changes the ABS has made to the LFS program rather than any budget pressures they are currently facing.

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    TAGS: Employment, Australian Bureau of Statistics, statistics

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  • Employed people or jobs: semantics or an important difference in terminology?

    Posted 26/09/2013 by Penny Vandenbroek
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    In March (2013), the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released new analysis of the Australian labour market based on jobs. Their article, Estimating jobs in the Australian Labour Market, outlines the differences between the number of jobs and the number of employed people, and complements regular labour market data produced by the ABS. Estimates of the number of jobs were produced using the monthly Labour Force Survey, the quarterly Job Vacancies Survey and the 2007 Survey of Employment Arr... Read more...

    TAGS: Australian Bureau of Statistics, employment, labour force, workers

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  • Fair Work Commission clarifies when an employer can direct an employee to attend a medical examination

    Posted 7/07/2014 by Jaan Murphy

    The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) recently handed down a judgment which examined the lawfulness of dismissing an employee who refused to attend a medical appointment, as directed by their employer.

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    TAGS: Fair Work Act, Employment, Industrial Relations, Work Health and Safety

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  • Changes to payment of leave loading on termination of employment

    Posted 23/05/2014 by Jaan Murphy
    Changes to payment of leave loading on termination of employment This FlagPost examines the changes proposed by the Fair Work Amendment Bill 2014, in relation to payment of leave loading on unused annual leave when an employee ceases employment, and what those changes would mean for employers and employees. Background Annual leave loading is designed to compensate employees for notional loss of overtime earnings whilst on leave. Despite this, it is relatively common in sectors where overtime ... Read more...

    TAGS: Employment, employer, employee, industrial relations, Fair Work Act

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  • Fair Work Commission clarifies differences between a support person and advocate

    Posted 16/05/2014 by Jaan Murphy

    In February 2014, the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) handed down a judgement in which the nature and role of a ‘support person’ in discussions relating to a dismissal were discussed.

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    TAGS: employment, Fair Work Act, Industrial Relations

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  • Fair Work Commission hands down landmark ruling on anti-bullying regime

    Posted 7/03/2014 by Jaan Murphy
    Fair Work Commission hands down landmark ruling on anti-bullying regime On 6 March 2014, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) ruled that its jurisdiction to hear complaints from workers who allege they are victims of workplace bullying extends to complaints that relate to bullying that occurred prior to the anti-bullying regime coming into force.   Background As detailed in a previous flag post, the reforms related to bullying were introduced by the Fair Work Amendment Act 2013, whi... Read more...

    TAGS: Fair Work Act, employment law, industrial relations, bullying

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  • Snapshot of employment by industry, 2012 to 2013

    Posted 14/02/2014 by Penny Vandenbroek
    The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) release data on employed people by industry (in their main job, where a person holds more than one job) in the quarterly publication Labour Force, detailed, quarterly, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003. Data is available since November 1984, with the most recent data being November 2013. Read more...

    TAGS: employment, industry, Australian Bureau of Statistics, labour force

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  • High Court to decide if mutual trust and confidence is implied in employment contracts

    Posted 23/12/2013 by Jaan Murphy
    The High Court has granted the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (the Bank) special leave to appeal the Full Federal Court’s decision in Commonwealth Bank of Australia v Barker[2013] FCAFC 83. The case will be significant as it will be the first time the High Court has considered if an implied term of mutual trust and confidence exists in employment contracts.   What is the mutual duty of trust and confidence? The Full Federal Court was the first Australian superior appellate cour... Read more...

    TAGS: contracts, employee, employer, employment, Federal Court, High Court, workplace policies

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  • Extending income management in Cape York

    Posted 29/11/2013 by Luke Buckmaster
    Legislation introduced into Parliament last week proposes to extend operation of income management in Cape York for a further two years until the end of 2015. This will be the third time income management has been extended in Cape York since it began in 2008. The Government argues that income management is a key element of welfare reform efforts in Cape York, which it says have 'seen improved school attendance, care and protection of children and community safety'.Cape York income managementInco... Read more...

    TAGS: employment, income management, indigenous Australians, welfare, welfare reform

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  • Is an employee who resigns entitled to leave-loading on their unpaid annual leave?

    Posted 19/08/2013 by Jaan Murphy
    Since the Fair Work Act 2009 (FWA) was introduced, there have been differing views regarding how to calculate the amount payable to an employee who has untaken annual leave when they cease employment. Is it calculated using the employee’s base rate of pay, or must it (if the employee is entitled to it) include leave-loading?Stephen Edward Ryan v Whitehaven Coal Mining Pty Ltd (Ryan v Whitehaven)* may be the first case to have considered the issue. The court ruled that where an employee is entit... Read more...

    TAGS: employee, employer, employment, Fair Work Act, leave loading

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