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The Coalition government introduced a bill to repeal the mining tax which also proposed the deferral of the superannuation increases for two years. Although the bill passed the lower house, it did not pass the Senate. Consequently, it is likely that the superannuation guarantee level will increase from 9.25% to 9.5% on 1 July 2014.
Employers with more than 100 employees are required to formally report to the Workplace Gender Equity Agency. Reports are due between 1 April 2014 and 31 May 2014 for the 2013-14 reporting period. Items to be reported have been set out for members in AFEI Circular 161/2013.
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The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has handed down their first order to prevent future bullying. No substantive details have been released regarding the case so it is not known what behaviour was alleged to have occurred or the evidence that was provided in order to obtain this order.
The order was made by consent and stated that the employee alleged to have bullied the applicant (co-worker) should:
In line with the amendments due to commence on 12 March 2014 to privacy laws as detailed in the February 2014 Adviser, the Australian Privacy Principle Guidelines have been issued by the information commissioner. These apply to all organisations covered by the legislation. These guidelines provide information on the mandatory requirements for each of the principles as well as how the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner will deal with issues arising under the amendments.
The Queensland Government has conducted a review of the current work health and safety legislation, which is based on the model Act. It was found that stakeholders held serious concerns about their ability to implement some sections of the legislation due to the significant burden it would place on businesses. The main provisions which stakeholders were concerned about were the audiometric testing obligations and the asbestos provisions. Any changes to these provisions will constitute a major change and first need to be considered by the Select Council for Workplace Relations.