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Rio follows BHP with mining booze cap

Rio Tinto has joined BHP Billiton in limiting alcohol consumption at its remote mining camps in Western Australia's Pilbara region to four standard drinks a day.

Vines put forward to lead ILO; & more

Morrison Government nominates Vines to lead ILO; FWO to keep targeting big end of town's underpayments; Sustained border closure could drive up wages, says RBA.

"Gender-critical" beliefs protected: UK employment tribunal

A UK employment tribunal will consider whether an international think tank discriminated against a visiting fellow because of her "gender critical" views, including that trans women are male, after an appeal bench found she held protected beliefs.

FWC seeks delay for anti-harassment orders

The FWC has asked the Morrison Government to delay its proposed new capacity to make anti-sexual-harassment orders to give it time to prepare for a flood of applications, in an echo of a call it made eight years ago before the introduction of the anti-bullying regime.

Judge resigns after sexual harassment finding

A Federal Circuit Court judge has resigned after an investigation substantiated allegations that he engaged in "sexualised" conduct towards two women - a court employee and a law student - while the court has revamped its judicial complaints system and engaged an eminent Harvard academic to train judicial officers and staff.

Drink-driving unrelated to rail operator's job, FWC rules

In an important out-of-hours conduct ruling, the FWC has reinstated a veteran train driver sacked after he told his employer that he faced possible imprisonment for blowing four times over the blood alcohol limit when police breath-tested him on the road.


Jabs in workplace the answer in aged care: ACTU

In the wake of National Cabinet last night agreeing to make COVID-19 inoculations compulsory for residential aged worker, the ACTU says that what "really needs to be mandated is a vaccine team visiting every aged care home".

FWC rejects driver's breathalyser-fail explanation

The FWC has upheld a Qube subsidiary's sacking of a truck driver who blamed a positive blood alcohol reading on sucking on three-quarters of a 10-pack of Anticol cough lozenges to counter a dry throat.

Pay to resume 4% growth in seven years: Treasury

After more than a decade of sub-4% growth in pay, Treasury has projected in its Intergenerational Report, released today, that it will return to that level in 2028 as productivity resumes its long-term growth path of 1.5%.