Unions urge paid leave for quarantined staff

Original article by David Marin-Guzman
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 9 : 5-Mar-20

The federal government has advised workers who have recently been overseas to undertake self-quarantine for 14 days. Victorian Trades Hall secretary Luke Hilakari contends that workers should not be penalised if they are ordered to stay at home and do not have the option of telecommuting. He says they should receive full pay and not be required to use their annual or personal leave. ACTU secretary Sally McManus has urged the federal government to provide financial support to casual workers and contractors who are not entitled to paid leave.

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VICTORIAN TRADES HALL COUNCIL, ACTU

Independent contractors a major issue for Fair Work Ombudsman

Original article by Cara Waters
The Sydney Morning Herald – Page: Online : 5-Sep-18

Sandra Parker supports comments by Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan that there are two grey areas regarding the distinction between employee and contractor that need clarification. One area that Jordan has identified is whether workers are paid to deliver a result or are paid for services provided; the other is if a worker gets 80 per cent of their income from one source, it is deemed to be income, even if they are a contractor. Parker, who was recently appointed as the new Fair Work Ombudsman, was speaking at a recent business summit. She also told the summit that she intended to continue the focus of her predecessor Natalie James on small business.

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AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE, AUSTRALIA. FAIR WORK OMBUDSMAN, FOODORA AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, VODAFONE AUSTRALIA LIMITED

No pay for workers’ blood donations

Original article by Ewin Hannan
The Australian – Page: 7 : 7-Sep-17

The Fair Work Commission has rejected a union’s push for employees to be given two hours of paid leave to donate blood up to four times a year. In ruling against the application by the shop assistants’ union, the FWC took into account factors such as the likely impact on productivity and the fact that donating blood is voluntary and can usually be done outside of working hours.

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AUSTRALIA. FAIR WORK COMMISSION, SHOP, DISTRIBUTIVE AND ALLIED EMPLOYEES’ ASSOCIATION, RED CROSS BLOOD SERVICE, THE AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRY GROUP

Who are Australia’s union members? You may be surprised

Original article by Roy Morgan Research
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 12-Jan-17

A Roy Morgan Single Source survey has found that 17.4% (or 1.9 million) Australians aged 14+ who are in full or part-time employment were members of a trade union in the year to September 2016. Union membership is highest among those employed in Public Administration and Defence, at 28.7% (or 201,000 people), followed by Community Services (27.5%, or almost one million people) and Electricity, Gas and Water (27.3%, or 98,000 people). The survey also shows that Education Professionals have the highest level of union membership, at 42.4% (383,000 people), while 28.1% of Australian Labor Party voters belong to a union, compared with just 11.8% of Liberal-National Party voters.

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ROY MORGAN RESEARCH LIMITED, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, NATIONAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN GREENS, CONSTRUCTION, FORESTRY, MINING AND ENERGY UNION OF AUSTRALIA

Holiday hoarders need a break

Original article by Jamie Freed
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 13-Jan-15

Expedia has released a report which shows that many Australian workers do not use their entire annual leave entitlement each year. It found that 11 per cent of Australians failed to take any leave in 2014, while they have an average of five days of unused leave each year. Expedia’s Georg Ruebensal notes that many Australians opt for domestic holidays of about three days’ duration, or overseas destinations that are close to Australia

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EXPEDIA AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, EXPEDIA INCORPORATED

Chucking 10 sickies a year costs employers $33 billion

Original article by Misa Han
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 5 : 17-Nov-14

A survey by Direct Health Solutions has found that Australian workers take an average of 9.5 days of sick leave each year. This is estimated to cost $A3,230 for each employee, or more than $A33bn overall. An unexpected illness was cited by 82 per cent of employers as the main reason why workers take sick leave, while 55 per cent believe that workers have a sick day without a valid reason. Tourism and hospitality industry workers were found to use the most personal leave

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DIRECT HEALTH SOLUTIONS PTY LTD, AUSTRALIA. PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION, CBP LAWYERS