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Target date for gender pay equity skewered

A Senate Committee's call for a target date for full gender pay equity has been seized upon by the union pursuing a four-year long equal-remuneration case before the FWC, but found little support from business or Government members on the Labor-dominated committee.

Commission ends dads' flexible arrangement for school pick-ups

A tribunal has ordered two male employees to resume standard business hours from next month after it upheld an employer's decision to boost operational efficiency by ending a long-standing flexible work arrangement that allowed them to leave early enough to pick up their children from school.


New deal boosts leave entitlements throughout Qantas

Qantas will provide 10 days domestic and family violence leave and two extra weeks of parental leave to all of its 30,000 employees later this year, after it struck an enterprise deal with the ASU that guarantees the entitlements for more than 4,000 employees.

Share gender equity responsibility between HR and managers: Report

Responsibility for gender equity strategies should be partially devolved from centralised HR departments to line managers, and training to combat "unconscious bias" in selection processes should be mandated for supervisors and managers, according to a new report on barriers to women's career advancement in higher education.




Think tank dismisses the FWC and minimum wage

Over the next 15 years the nation should abolish the FWC and modern awards, set the minimum wage "as low as is politically feasible" and let the welfare system top up earnings, according to a new paper from an influential free market think tank.

Report calls for overhaul of APS recruitment regime

A Turnbull Government review is calling for legislative change to overhaul "ineffective" recruitment practices and boost gender equality in the Australian Public Service, but the CPSU has criticised it for missing an opportunity to drive positive change.