The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal has found that some of the questions asked when applying for a position on Woolworths’ recruitment website contravene the Anti-Discrimination Act in that they discriminate against potential employees on the basis of race, age and sex.
Fair Work Ombudsman v WKO Pty Ltd  FCA 1129
In the recent decision of Fair Work Ombudsman v WKO Pty Ltd  FCA 1129, the Federal Court imposed penalties on a child care operator and a director arising out of adverse action taken against an employee upon the disclosure of her pregnancy.
The NSW Administrative Appeals tribunal full bench has recently awarded a 75 year old bus driver $25,323 in compensation after he was dismissed because of his age. The dismissal occurred after a low speed accident involving the bus driver. Prior to this, in 2007, the bus driver had had his hours reduced because he was “getting old” and he was told “that it was time for him to retire”.
In May 2010 that Federal Government released its draft of the Paid Parental Leave Bill.
Under the draft Bill, from 1 January 2011, an eligible parent will be able to apply for up to 18 weeks paid parental leave at the national minimum wage, currently $543.78 per week.
Employers will be required to pay parental leave to employees who have been employed for at least 12 months prior to the expected date of birth or placement of adoption.
As part of the first reform of the Sex Discrimination Act, the Government has announced a number of proposed amendments to the Sex Discrimination Act.