Why you need to do something you love every single day

Engaging in activities that you love is not only enjoyable but also offers a multitude of benefits that can enrich your life in various ways. So, if you’re on the fence about indulging one or some of your life’s passions, here are some advantages of doing something you love every day. 1. Enhances mental well-being […]

Employment Law

Non-compete clauses could slow higher pay, productivity

Australian workers could be missing out on higher pay because of a common clause in contracts that stops employees moving to competitors. About one in five employers are using what are known as non-compete clauses, according to an entirely new dataset released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics for the first time on Wednesday. The […]

Rewards push to give apprentices the tools to stay on

Industry groups hope a review into a federal apprenticeships will lead to better financial incentives for trainees to stay on the job long term. Skills Minister Brendan O’Connor on Monday outlined a review of the Australian apprenticeships incentive program, which would examine how the program could better be used amid growing skill shortages. Under the […]

Right to disconnect laws pass federal parliament

Employees will now have the right to disconnect from work out of hours, after industrial relations changes passed parliament. Under the workplace reforms, employees will have the right to ignore unreasonable calls and emails outside of their rostered shifts. The laws formally passed federal parliament after the House of Representatives on Monday signed off on […]

Four-day work week trial delivers sick leave surprise

A four-day working week trial at Australia’s largest private health provider has delivered a marked drop in sick and carer’s leave among frontline workers. Stress levels have also reduced across all 250 workers in the first 10 weeks of Medibank’s six-month experiment, the insurer’s head of human resources said on Monday. “That tells you we’re […]

Urgent changes needed to support women in STEM jobs

Urgent, industry-wide changes are needed to help more women, Indigenous Australians and migrants thrive in science, engineering and technology jobs, and to help Australia take advantage of emerging markets such as renewable energy, according to a study. The findings were contained in the Pathway to Diversity in STEM report, prepared over 12 months and following […]

How asking a recruit’s past salary entrenches pay gap

Further entrenching the gender pay gap can be as simple as routinely asking job applicants what they earn at their current job, business leaders have been told. Winning support from the Sex Discrimination Commissioner, construction firm Lendlease no longer sets salaries based on what a recruit’s former employer paid. “We pay them what the job’s […]

Schools to trial AI alternative after ChatGPT ban

Children in more than a dozen NSW schools will help test an in-house artificial intelligence app after the state banned the popular ChatGPT over cheating concerns. The trial AI app, called NSWEduChat, was an important first step for the rollout of the technology in the state’s schools, Education Minister Prue Car said. “As one of […]

Workers closer to getting a ‘right to disconnect’

Workers who are not paid to monitor their phones and emails 24/7 should not be penalised if they choose to disconnect, the prime minister says. A range of workplace changes are before parliament, designed to improve pay and conditions and stamp out exploitation. Some MPs want worker protections to go further and allow people to […]

Aussie firms urged to deploy AI to save productivity

Australian businesses should deploy artificial technology across more parts of their operations or the nation risked falling behind the rest of the world in productivity, a major technology conference has heard. But Microsoft’s AI Tour event in Sydney on Wednesday also heard major corporations had started to experiment with AI tools in areas including online […]

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