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PC review to start by March, RO and construction bills up first; & more

* PC review to start within five months; and RO and construction bill before parliament in first week

* Victorian Law Institute recommends changes on bullying, discrimination

* FWC issues new statement on apprentices, trainees and junior rates timetable

Lawyers at risk of vicarious trauma: Bornstein

Recognising that people who spend their working lives "bearing witness to the trauma and pain of others" rarely remain unaffected, plaintiff law firm Maurice Blackburn has taken steps to address vicarious trauma in its own workplace, according to principal Josh Bornstein.

Disciplinary action not in breach of whistleblower laws: IRC

An employee suspended for refusing to work from home while his bullying allegations were investigated has failed in his bid to rely on state whistleblower legislation to secure injunctions against further disciplinary action, including his sacking.

Election 2013 - IR policies compared

The Coalition has largely succeeded in neutralising IR as a 2013 federal election issue by promising to retain – at least for one term – Labor's Fair Work framework, but Australia's two major parties are still going to the September 7 poll with some significant policy differences, including on paid parental leave, right of entry, and construction industry regulation. Workplace Express compares their IR policies and those of the Greens, whose future hold on the Senate balance of power is uncertain.

MBA flags problems with new bullying regime

With the FWC's new bullying jurisdiction to commence operation in less than five months, Master Builders Australia claims there are practical difficulties with the regime, including the potential for "go away" money, confusion arising from multiple actions, and the absence of a pre-screening process.

Public servant fights for her right to Tweet

The Federal Circuit Court has ruled that there is no unfettered right to freedom of political expression in dismissing a federal public servant's application for a declaration that any finding that she had breached the APS code of conduct for tweeting her opinions would breach her implied constitutional rights.