Employee protection

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Employee rights
NARROWER TERMS
Report

From laggard to leader: making South Australia the secure jobs state

South Australia has the second highest rate of job insecurity and the lowest pay in Australia. This report details the challenge, and outlines actionable steps for South Australian government to reverse the trend.
Report

Wellbeing at work: apprenticeships and mental health

Despite the importance of apprenticeships, almost half of young people who commence an apprenticeship will not finish it. This report examines how the mental health and wellbeing of apprentices can be better supported.
Report

Just reward: the case for a wage rise after COVID-19

The Fair Work Commission’s 2021 Annual Wage Review is occurring in the context of the most uncertain economic outlook Australia has experienced in decades. This report outlines the case for a significant increase in the minimum wage, which will flow through to higher take-home pay...
Report

The constant boss: work under digital surveillance

This report argues that policy-makers must build robust data protections that empower workers, not just consumers, and also broaden their understanding of algorithmic harms beyond bias and discrimination.
Article

10 ways employers can include Indigenous Australians

The results of the first large-scale survey of the experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at work give plenty of food for thought.
Report

Gari yala (speak the truth): synopsis report

This project aimed to gain a firsthand understanding of the diversity of Indigenous workers’ experiences. The project is Indigenous-led, and has been overseen by a panel of distinguished Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander academics and employment practitioners.
Briefing paper

Job Keepers and Job Seekers: How many workers will lose and how many will gain?

A number of questions and issues have been raised in relation to the implementation, impact and consequences of the Job Keeper payment. The authors discuss these in this research brief and present modifications of the Job Keeper payment that would see a fairer outcome between...
Report

The long struggle of the Amazon employees

This study explores the structures of the Amazon company and worker's experience of trade union resistance in Germany. The research is primarily based on a series of interviews conducted with Amazon strike activists which took place within trade union meetings as well as an Amazon...
Discussion paper

Improving protections of employees’ wages and entitlements: further strengthening the civil compliance and enforcement framework

The Australian government is committed to an industrial relations system that balances the needs of both employees and employers, including those engaged in small business. This paper seeks input from the community about the operation of the current compliance and enforcement framework.
Report

Client violence towards workers in the child, family and community welfare sector

This paper explores the prevalence and presentation of client violence towards workers, considering any violent or aggressive behaviour from clients, direct associates of clients, and friends or family members of clients. It compares current research to official data reports, and considers why there might be...
Report

WorkSafe 2: Follow-up investigation into the management of complex workers compensation claims

This investigation looked at the compensation and support provided to people injured at work in Victoria, particularly those with complex injuries. This follows an earlier investigation by the Ombudsman in 2016, which found the scheme had failed some particularly vulnerable people.
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Inquiry into wage theft in Western Australia

This inquiry, undertaken by former Chief Commissioner of the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission, Tony Beech, found that wage theft is occurring through underpayment of wages and entitlements, non-payment of wages or allowances for work performed, unauthorised or unreasonable deductions and non-payment of superannuation.
Report

Pacific Islanders in regional Victoria: final project report

This major research project, led by Professor Helen Lee of Latrobe University, explored the socio‐economic status and well‐being of Pacific migrants in rural northwest Victoria, focusing on the towns of Mildura and Robinvale. The project’s final report makes a series of recommendations on employment, education...
Report

Health, safety and dignity of sanitation workers: an initial assessment

Sanitation workers provide an invaluable public service, vital to our daily lives and the environment. This report analyses the problems sanitation workers face – focusing on those emptying pits and tanks and maintaining sewers – and explore good practices around the world.
Position paper

Building on the EU directive for whistleblower protection: analysis and recommendations

The EU has adopted a Directive on the “Protection of persons reporting on breaches of Union law” (Whistleblower Protection Directive). To support effective implementation of the Directive, Transparency International has prepared this analysis, which provides recommendations aimed at closing loopholes and strengthening whistleblower protection in...
Report

Old gigs, new gigs: are courts and legislators reinterpreting an age-old debate for the new world of work?

Courts and legislatures in Canada and around the world are deciding whether your Lyft driver is an independent contractor or an employee. The classification is a big deal. This paper surveys the current state of the gig economy and how courts, tribunals and legislatures in...
Report

An earnings standard for New York City's app-based drivers: economic analysis and policy assessment

This report addresses a critical public policy challenge facing the City of New York—the low pay of app-based drivers.
Article

Why the gig economy needs to adopt digital IDs

This articlr is aboug Digital ID as a solution to the verifying drivers, handymen, and independent workers and others participating in the gig economy marketplace. Digital ID can be authenticated remotely over digital channels. That means platforms like Uber, Task Rabbit, and Fiverr could verify...
Report

Super scandal: unpaid super guarantee in 2016-17

This analysis of Australian Taxation Office (ATO) data on individuals has found the unpaid super crisis did not improve in 2016-17, with 2.85 million Australians being short-changed $5.94 billion in super entitlements.
Position paper

Work, care & family policies: election benchmarks 2019

The Australian Work + Family Policy Roundtable is a research network of 33 academics from 17 universities and research institutions with expertise on work, care and family policy. The goal of the Roundtable is to propose, comment upon, collect and disseminate research to inform evidence-based...