An exemption to permit South Australia's courts to engage women-only in a "positive discrimination" program is being touted as an important step to address a substantial gender imbalance spotlighted a year ago by a Law Council study.
The Federal Court has thrown out a Monash University academic's sex discrimination claim, based on more than 50 alleged incidents over five years of employment, finding that she subjectively reconstructed "innocent events" after failing to fulfil her professional ambitions.
Gender reporting requirements for businesses with more than 100 employees will stay as they are for another year, while new minimum reporting standards will apply to non-government employers with more than 500 employees from October, Employment Minister Eric Abetz has announced.
The Federal Government is urging the Fair Work Commission not to be "distracted by" the former Labor Government's broader pay equity principles when assessing an equal remuneration application for childcare workers.
The Workplace Gender Equality Agency says the new mandatory reports that employers of 100-plus employees must submit on April 1 next year will be "significantly easier and quicker to complete" than those under the previous regime. Meanwhile, the WGEA is relaunching its employer of choice accreditation scheme.