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Family day care workers provide this essential service from their homes, but being classed as independent contractors means they lack many employment protections. AFIMSC

Childcare shake-up neglects family day care workers, but we can learn from garment workers’ experience

Family day care workers have much in common with home-based workers in the garment industry. But the latter are classed as employees, resulting in better representation and protected work conditions.
People gather in Montreal to demand a $15 minimum hourly wage in Quebec and across Canada. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)

Minimum wage hike ignores impact of Artificial Intelligence

The minimum wage is rising in many parts of Canada, but it masks the impact of seismic changes to the agriculture, food and retail industries brought about by new technologies.
Giving a reference is protected, in defamation law, by the common-law defence of qualified privilege. shutterstock

Can you sue someone for giving you a bad reference?

In many cases, a reference will contain negative things about its subject. This is part of a reference’s design: the referee should give a full and frank assessment.
Academic Roz Ward was temporarily suspended from La Trobe University for her comments about the Australian flag on Facebook. Richard Milnes/Newzulu

University changes to academic contracts are threatening freedom of speech

A new clause being embedded in a number of university contracts attempts to restrict academics from speaking freely in public debate about issues that are outside their area of research.
It’s not easy to walk away from an abusive relationship without the support of a flexible employer. AAP Image/Angela Brkic

Paid domestic violence leave: how do other countries do it?

It's uncommon internationally for workers to have a statutory right to paid domestic violence leave, but things may be shifting.
The ACT government is the first jurisdiction in Australia to fully approve operations of the ride-sharing service Uber. Lukas Coch/AAP

Sacked Uber driver case shows driver vulnerability under law

A case of an uber driver from Perth suing the company because his contract was terminated may show how protected drivers are under law.

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