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"Active compliance culture" reduces vicarious liability risks: Lawyer

Companies must stop "turning a blind eye" to workplace s-xual harassment by adopting "living, breathing" policies and procedures that are reinforced through "an active culture of compliance" to mitigate vicarious liability risks, a barrister has told a Queensland IR Society forum.

Teachers and employers apart on more than pay: IEU

The IEU in announcing a strike in NSW and ACT Catholic schools next Friday has rejected claims it has already agreed on everything but a pay rise of up to 15%, saying the "malaise has set in" for teachers struggling with high workloads and staff shortages.

Look beyond IR "insiders" for online's future: Commissioner

Long-time online hearings proponent Commissioner Leigh Johns says the FWC will survey self-represented applicants and respondents to obtain the views of "outsiders" on the way forward for digital proceedings, after "insiders" appeared to hanker for the "good old days".

ACTU redirection strategy seeks to counter "red unions"

The ACTU is using Google Ads to elevate its "Employee Info" site above search results for the Red Union Support Hub after multiple workers said they inadvertently joined the unregistered unions under its banner, the peak body says, but the red unions have dismissed the tactic as they prepare to file a further 3000 vax-challenging cases.

TWU seeking to bank potentially large, "windfall" Qantas fines

The judge hearing the TWU's claim for compensation and fines for unlawful conduct by Qantas when it outsourced almost 2000 ground crew jobs expects to finalise the case by the end of the year, while the union confirmed it will be seeking to have penalties paid to it, even if it involves a "very, very large amount" that might amount to a windfall.

Coles offering 10 days paid gender affirmation leave

Coles will now offer 10 days paid gender affirmation leave for transgender and gender diverse employees, which it says is an "important step" in its commitment to LGBTIQ+ workplace inclusion.

Expanding "red unions" chase media professionals

An unregistered union to rival the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance and "reimagine" the Australian Journalists Association will launch within weeks, with the founder of the fast-expanding "red unions" claiming COVID-19 lockdowns boosted group membership to 17,000.