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jab or job covid-19 vaccination

We asked an expert — jab or job? Can Australian employers insist on workers receiving a COVID-19 vaccination? The answer — so far — in most cases, no. Prime Minister Scott Morrison previously described jab or job as a decision for individual businesses. “Decisions to require COVID-19 vaccinations for employees will be a matter for …

wages rip off

Researchers at Anglia Ruskin University found a widespread sexuality-based wage rip off across Europe, North America and Australia. Gay men earn on average 6.8% less than straight men while bi men receive 10.3% less and bi women 5.1%. However, lesbians earn on average 7.1% more than their straight counterparts. The researchers conducted meta-analysis of 24 …

dodgy wages wage theft

Miles Heffernan from IR Claims says wage theft is a real concern for Australian workers. Miles has put together a checklist so workers can keep track of their entitlements. “Dodgy wages are rife and employees need to know what to look for on their payslips.” “Over the last few years, we’ve seen a never-ending parade …

paddington restaurant moga protecting vulnerable workers fair work act

A Paddington restaurant faces ten times higher than normal fines after allegedly contravening the Fair Work Act. The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) claims Moga Paddington continued to underpay its workers following formal cautions. The increased penalties apply to contraventions of the Protecting Vulnerable Workers amendments introduced in 2017. The FWO claim Moga paid flat hourly …

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Open Doors Youth Service Inc supports young LGBTIQAP+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy people aged 12 – 25 years in South-East Queensland. Established 20 years ago, the organisation currently faces a funding challenge to one of its most vital programs. Open Doors continues to lobby governments for funding for the Jellybeans program. In the meantime, community members …

IR Claims Family Harry and Meghan

Miles Heffernan and the IR Claims Family says the recent royal sideshow highlights the difficulties of working in family firms. Of course, The British royals, who actually refer to themselves as ‘The Firm’, are a special case given the relentless focus on the gilded cage they live in. But Miles says, we can still learn …

joel wilkinson gold coast suns

Miles Heffernan says the recent apology from the AFL and Gold Coast Suns to former player Joel Wilkinson illustrates that racial discrimination remains a workplace issue.  Wilkinson previously filed a complaint in the Human Rights Commission over racism. His complaint arose from a 2013 Wacky Wednesday event when two of Wilkinson’s teammates dressed in blackface. …

1800forked ir claims miles heffernan

Industrial Relations Claims recently took a harder approach in their advocacy for workers and contractors. I asked Miles Heffernan from IR Claims about the reason for the company’s new phone number, 1800FORKED. “I’m sick of the bullshit. We’ve been in this game a long time, and we still see employers simply ignoring worker’s rights. This …

Coles and Woolworths

After last year’s $300 million underpayment scandal at Woolworths, we now see another supermarket giant caught up in a similar scandal with Coles admitting to $20 million in underpayments. FFS! Can’t these supermarkets count? The giant supermarket chains have computer inventory systems that track stock from the paddock to the trolley. Their software controls produce …