AIER Newsletter – 15th April 2011
Australian Institute of Employment Rights Inc. – News

Protect, Respect and Remedy: Setting a Global Standard for Business and Human Rights

Last month the United Nations released a much-anticipated set of Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights. The Guiding Principles seek to provide for the first time an authoritative global standard for preventing and addressing the risk of adverse human rights (including labour rights) impacts linked to business activity.

Led by the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Business and Human Rights, Harvard Professor John Ruggie, the Guiding Principles are the product of six years research and extensive consultations involving governments, companies, business associations, civil society, affected individuals and groups, investors and others around the world…read more.

SEMINAR: Bullying and Harassment – Culture, Practice and Compliance

The Australian Institute of Employment Rights, the Centre for Employment & Labour Relations Law and Ridgeline HR invite you to attend a seminar to discuss how to create workplaces free from discrimination and harassment.

DATE AND TIME: Tuesday 17 May, 2011: 9.30am – 11.30am
VENUE: Room 106, Level 1, Law School, Melbourne University, 185 Pelham Street, Carlton

Click here to read more.

ILO Releases its Workers Guide to Corporate Social Responsibility

The ILO's Bureau of Workers’ Activities, ACTRAV, has recently published a new guide on how workers can use international labour standards to promote corporate social responsibility. 

ACTRAV works with the United Nations agency the International Labour Organization (ILO) to ensure that the rights of workers are upheld and advanced, and is the link between the ILO and the world-wide trade union movement… read more. 

Outlawing ‘pizza pay’: Fair Payment Under the Fair Work Act

Joellen Riley, Professor of Labour Law at Sydney Law School, discusses the unhealthy hangover of the WorkChoices era – ‘pizza pay’ - and its eradication under current workplace laws.
At the height of the ‘Your Rights at Work’ campaign against WorkChoices in 2007, stories were passed around about fast food workers being ‘paid’ for additional work time by being given leftovers from the kitchen – otherwise known as ‘pizza pay’- for the overtime undertaken in cleaning up the restaurant, or closing tills.  At the same time, there were stories of wait staff suffering deductions from their pay to cover the bills of restaurant patrons who ‘did a runner’ and left without paying the bill... read more

EVENT: The Inaugural Ron McCallum Debate

Justice at Work: Are We Achieving It? Can the System Deliver It?

Presented by the Australian Institute of Employment Rights (AIER), this year’s debate will celebrate the work of Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum AO – Senior Australian of the Year 2011 and AIER Patron. The debate will feature a special presentation by former member of the High Court, Justice Michael Kirby, and will be chaired by one of Australia’s most esteemed journalists, Jana Wendt.
DATE AND TIME: 22 June, 2011: 4pm to 6pm
VENUE: Wesley Theatre, Wesley Convention Centre, 220 Pitt Street, Sydney 

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Adverse Action and Union Activity Under the Fair Work Act

On 2 March over 100 lawyers, industrial practitioners and interested members of the community joined AIER and Australian Labour Law Association to discuss the legal and practical implications of the Federal Court decision Barclay v Bendigo Institute of TAFE.

A detailed presentation was given by Victorian barrister Mark Irving, who was co-Counsel for the Applicant in the case.  AIER Executive Director Lisa Heap presented on the cultural cues arising from the reasoning of the majority Justices in the case and their implications for workplace practices. To access the seminar presentations, click here

The Right to Know: Employees and Their Conditions of Employment

Member of the Victorian Bar, and AIER Executive Committee member Mark Irving advocates the importance of telling employees about the components of their employment package and compares the legal situation here with that in the United Kingdom (UK).  Irving argues for changes to the Fair Work Act to incorporate provisions similar to that of the UK... read more.

The Australian Institute of Employment Rights (AIER) is an independent organisation that seeks to ensure fair and decent workplace rights for all.  Informed by an expert panel of industrial relations practitioners, lawyers and academics, AIER works in the areas of legislation, research, education and advocacy to champion the fundamental rights and responsibilities of employers and workers, and to create positive workplaces.
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