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‘Very cautious’: the companies too short-staffed to take on more work

Miners and labourers have been added to this year’s skills priority list as employers grapple with the tightest labour market in decades.

  • Euan Black

This Month

Got a new job? There’s a good chance your boss thinks you’re overpaid

Almost half of managers surveyed in a new study believe their companies had to overpay for new hires in the past year.

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  • Euan Black

Mike, you’re wrong – not every team can be legendary

Cannon-Brookes launched Atlassian’s new product Atlas last week, promising to deliver the “future of teamwork” – yet his company wants to keep co-workers apart.

  • Aaron Patrick

Employers deliver subsidised health insurance to retain staff

Employers are increasingly offering subsidised private health insurance to retain staff and win over prospective hires in a tight labour market.

  • Euan Black


Remi Capital liquidators investigate $2.8m property transfer

The liquidator of suspected Ponzi scheme Remi Capital is investigating the fund’s transfer of hotel properties to a trustee founded by a former hedge fund director.

  • David Marin-Guzman

Employers risk being sued by asking job applicants if they are gay

The firms say the information helps them develop their diversity and inclusion policies and is not shared with hiring managers. But other companies ask fewer questions.

  • Euan Black

‘At least as good as home’: WFH raises the bar for offices

Companies are being creative to bring home-loving staff back to the office. However, pot plants and whiteboards on wheels may not be enough to restore pre-pandemic occupancy.

  • Jenny Wiggins

Bargaining deal would introduce new wages safeguard

The Albanese government is leaning into an ACTU-BCA deal that would introduce a new wages safeguard in return for simplifying and speeding up the bargaining system.

  • David Marin-Guzman

Builder must pay unions $290k for denying entry

Richard Crookes engaged in “flagrant and deliberate” breaches of entry laws, a judge says, including when a guard barged into a unionist.

  • David Marin-Guzman

These bosses tried a four-day workweek. This is what they learnt

The four-day workweek is gaining momentum after the pandemic upended the world of work. These bosses share what they have learnt after two months of trying it.

  • Euan Black

Woodside battling unionisation of offshore gas platforms

Woodside is fighting a union push to collectively bargain at its offshore gas platforms for the first time in 30 years, launching six legal objections in three months.

  • David Marin-Guzman

Westpac to bypass union in push for 4pc pay deal

Westpac will bypass the Finance Sector Union and put its pay offer of up to 4 per cent to a direct vote of employees, despite union opposition.

  • David Marin-Guzman

Leg-lengthening surgery is a career step too far

Men who pay to have their legs broken for a few more inches in height are not being entirely irrational. But nor are they being remotely sensible.

  • Pilita Clark

Those useless meetings cost you $39,000 every year

Employees waste about six hours every week in unimportant meetings, for big companies that amounts to $156 million wasted every year.

  • Matthew Boyle

Small business council rules out strike powers in union deal

The small business council has ruled out new rights to strike across employers as part of a review of its pact with unions on multi-employer bargaining.

  • David Marin-Guzman

Din Tai Fung allegedly fired Malaysians over wage bust fears

A senior employee at the renowned dumpling chain says the Malaysian staff ‘had done nothing wrong’.

  • David Marin-Guzman

Anglo abandons labour hire model for Queensland coal mine

Anglo American is bringing hundreds of labour hire workers in-house at its Queensland mines ahead of Labor’s ‘same job, same pay’ laws and as skill shortages start to bite.

  • David Marin-Guzman

The problem with Citigroup’s new beachside hub

The investment bank’s Malaga experiment - where workers are guaranteed eight-hour days and weekends off - sounds great, but it could lead to a professional dead end.

  • Brooke Masters

Apple workers promise no strikes to lure tech giant back to deal

Unions have halted Apple’s push for retail staff to vote on its latest pay offer after promising not to take industrial action for the next three weeks.

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  • David Marin-Guzman

Cafe owners respect the Queen, but wince at $7000 cost of holiday

Unimpressed cafe owners are closing their doors on Thursday’s public holiday because staying open will cost more than the $7000 cost of closing.

  • Euan Black