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ALP seeks to end "unconscious bias" in recruitment

A Shorten Labor Government would introduce an "anonymous CV" regime for all federal public service graduate and entry-level positions, in a bid to eliminate unconscious gender bias in assessment of job applications.

Unions seek BOOT for Comcare entry

Unions are pushing for the introduction of a threshold "better off overall test" for employers that are seeking to join the national Comcare workers' compensation scheme.

Victoria seeks circuit-breaker for CFA dispute

The Andrews Labor Government has brought in Victoria's Emergency Management Commissioner to help broker a peace deal in the standoff between paid and volunteer firefighters, which has spilled over into the federal election campaign.

Minimum wage ruling tomorrow

The Fair Work Commission will tomorrow afternoon deliver its annual minimum wage decision, just five weeks before the July 2 federal election.

Shorten buckets CFMEU's Setka over comments to mass meeting

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has today criticised CFMEU construction and general division Victorian branch leader John Setka for reportedly comparing the Coalition's "attack" on the union and its members to that of Hitler's Germany, after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called on the Labor leader to "publicly disown" the union secretary.

ACTU election advertisement highlights interns; and more

ACTU television commercial highlights penalty rates, internships; New executive director for HR Nicholls Society; Alleged ISIS-sympathiser's dismissal case in FWC tomorrow; FWBC warns of fines for construction workers attending CFMEU mass meeting "without permission"; Re-run for botched Federal Police union election; "Unfinished business" in quest for safe rates, TWU council hears; and Sharing economy" a misnomer, TWU forum hears.

Coalition pledges 10-fold penalty rise for dodgy franchisors

A Turnbull Coalition Government, if returned at the July 2 election, will amend the Fair Work Act to make franchisors and parent entities responsible for their franchisees' and subsidiaries' exploitation of vulnerable workers, while increasing penalties tenfold for employers that underpay such workers and fail to keep proper records.