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PM confirms paid pandemic leave to be extended over summer

Pandemic payments for casual workers who test positive for COVID-19 have been extended over the summer period.

Progress stalls on bridging gender pay gap, systemic approach needed

Australian women are earning nearly $26,000 less than their male colleagues as efforts to close the gender pay gap stall.

Long-term job seekers still missing out despite buoyant employment market

Record low unemployment has done little to improve the fortunes of people who have been out of work for years.

As COVID’s fourth wave sweeps the continent we must be proactive not reactive with staffing: experts

Australia’s newest COVID wave, combined with a surge in domestic travel and absence of restrictions, are set to cause severe staffing shortages this festive season. Covax co-founders Dr Anuj Gupta and Mannu Kala tell BIANCA ROBERTS providers need to be on the front foot by remaining vigilant and maintaining hygiene and safety protocols, but also by being ready to replace staff across the board.

Income equity for Aust women 200 years away, affecting health and wellbeing: new report

Australian women have lower income, less labour force engagement and poorer health than men, a Monash University-led report has found. 

Regional WA traineeship program encouraging workers to stay in their local community

Western Australia's rural and regional workforce will receive a skills boost, with the McGowan Government supporting 52 traineeships across the state.

International Volunteer Day a reminder of their pivotal part in caring for older Aussies

Daily we are reminded that more vital support is needed for the country’s ageing population. On International Volunteers Day we pause to acknowledge these incredible, giving angels and reflect on how critical they are to a healthier, more caring society. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

New psychosocial hazard laws demand a different approach to new employees

Employers are being urged to review and revise onboarding processes for new employees to identify and mitigate psychosocial hazards as Australian states and territories face Safework Australia’s new Model Code of Practice.

Southern Cross Care Tasmania challenged on ‘compassion, integrity and respect’

An enrolled nurse made redundant by aged care provider Southern Cross Care Tasmania has publicly questioned the ‘compassion, integrity and respect’ of their former employer for sacking highly-trained ENs and replacing them with lower-paid personal care workers in nursing homes, as part of a new model of care.

Jubilation for many as workplace rule changes become law

The Federal Government is heralding its industrial relations reforms as a Christmas present for the Australian economy after the laws were ticked off by the lower house.

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