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Asians face a “promotional penalty”  in the federal public service according to Professor Robert Breunig of the ANU Tax and Transfer Policy Insitute.

Federal public service has an ‘Asian penalty’ problem

A study has found there is built-in prejudice against staff from non-English-speaking backgrounds, meaning the senior end of the public service is almost entirely white.

  • Tom Burton

This Month

The The Under Armour Men’s UA Tech™ ½ Zip Long Sleeve.

How the golf quarter-zip became the 2023 Wall Street uniform

Like the polo shirt before it, the style is yet another putting-green-to-conference-room crossover hit. Even New York financiers are getting in on the action.

  • Ashley Fetters Maloy
Super fund CEOs Paul Schroder (AustralianSuper), Debby Blakey (HESTA), Deanne Stewart (Aware Super), Vicki Doyle (Rest Super), Bern Reilly (Australian Retirement Trust) and Peter Chun (UniSuper) are actively engaging with company boards, which they say will improve the value of their investments.

Super fund CEOs put ASX on notice over workplace conditions

Industry super funds are using their $3.5 trillion asset pool to influence companies on decent work conditions, secure contracts and banning sexual harassment.

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  • Hannah Wootton
Many more skilled workers will be needed in the future, not least to enable the clean energy transformation.

How to get fiscal dividend from a jobs, skills and training virtuous cycle

Reforms in vocational and higher education, and migration, can realistically aim to promote economic growth and would more than repay the upfront investment cost.

  • Peter Dawkins
Convera rejects allegations that one of its executives bullied a former employee.

FX firm Convera says bullying claim ‘vague, misdirected’

Convera argued the allegations reflected ‘grievances on the part of the applicant that are variously vague, misdirected and irrelevant’.

  • Lucas Baird

BHP urged to hit exec pay for $445m payroll blunder

Proxy advisers reckon BHP has gone soft on senior executives over a $445 million payroll blunder that shortchanged 34,000 past and present employees.

  • Peter Ker
Katrina Rathie is a vocal supporter of the Voice to parliament, but says the Yes campaign did not effectively win over multicultural communities.

Yes campaign missed an opportunity with Chinese-Australians

Prominent Chinese-Australians say members of their community are more likely to trust local leaders than politicians, and the Yes campaign could have done much better in the referendum.

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  • Gus McCubbing
Law firms need to divorce reward from hours worked, says Meraiah Foley.

Women lawyers face barriers from client demands

‘Primitive notions’ of what a ‘good’ lawyer looks like are holding back the career prospects of women in the legal industry.

  • Maxim Shanahan
Anna Cody says the Sex Discrimination Commission will take a tough stance on law firms breaching new legal duties.

Lawyers, barristers put on notice over sexual harassment

Non-compliance could result in lawyers losing their practicing certificates or the disbarment of barristers, the profession’s watchdogs have warned.

  • Hannah Wootton
After more than four years building Koala, co-founder Dany Milham left the business in 2021 to start Milkrun.

FX firm ‘significantly overcharged’ start-up Koala, ex-staffer alleges

Foreign exchange trader Convera overcharged mattress company Koala and demanded the will of late music industry legend Michael Gudinski, a new claim alleges.

  • Lucas Baird
Remote workers eat far more: 2752 kilocalories a day, as opposed to 1961kcal in a typical day at the office.

What makes you fatter – office life, or WFH?

An exercise app tracked 2000 hybrid workers, comparing their activity while working from home with a typical day at the workplace. The results may surprise you.

  • Jack Rear
Gerhard Veldsman, CEO of group operations at Hancock Prosecting, said the labour hire laws were too broad and uncertain.

Hancock, Lynas claim labour hire laws a risk to mine projects

The CEOs of key WA miners told a Senate inquiry the government’s labour hire laws will threaten billions of dollars in investment, but later admitted the laws do not apply to them.

  • David Marin-Guzman
Sheryl Sandberg will face the task of reinventing herself as separate from Facebook and its controversies.

Women are asking for promotion, but men keep getting them: study

Men are promoted based on potential, but women must first prove their worth, the study and survey of US and Canadian companies found.

  • Ella Ceron and Emily Chang
Aoife Kennefick at home in Perth with daughter Caoimhe (4) and son Luke (1).

‘No silver bullet’: Is the childcare system broken?

Childcare in Australia is among the most expensive in the OECD and government subsidies have increased. But operators don’t appear to be rolling in profits.

  • Euan Black and Liam Walsh
Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Tony Burke oversees the department.

Tony Burke’s department moves to strike

Staff at the department dealing with the government’s sweeping industrial relations bill could be walking off the job over pay within weeks.

  • David Marin-Guzman
The AWU warned low-paying baseline agreements were rife in oil and gas industry including among labour hire.

Bosses could shun bargaining to avoid ‘same pay’ laws: union

The Australian Workers’ Union has echoed business concerns in warning Labor’s labour hire laws will act as a “clear disincentive” to enterprise bargaining.

  • David Marin-Guzman
WGEA chief executive Mary Wooldridge said that the policies of individual employers have the greatest impact on the gender pa gap.

Managers see gender equality progress, as workers stall

Businesses with more advanced strategies to address gender disparity consistently saw greater performance on participation and pay equality

  • Maxim Shanahan
Zip Co group chief executive Cynthia Scott says AI could generate real-time scripts for call-centre workers dealing with tricky enquiries.

How these six CEOs are using AI in their businesses

It is clear that corporate Australia is only at the beginning of its journey with the technology, amid an era defined by low productivity.

  • Sally Patten and Euan Black
Collingwood coach Craig McRae.

‘More Ted Lasso than Elon Musk’: lessons from Magpies’ success

The way premiership coach Craig McRae has gone about changing the culture at Collingwood offers valuable insights for executives and CEOs in the modern workplace.

  • Patrick Durkin
Former Airwallex staff said they felt partly motivated to write more negative reviews on Glassdoor because they believed newer employees were being encouraged to write positive reviews after just being hired.

The Glassdoor post that spelt out Airwallex grief

Former staff say they felt partly motivated to write more negative reviews because they believed newer employees were being encouraged to write positive ones.

  • Lucas Baird and Jonathan Shapiro