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Professor Allan Fels is calling for the Senate to reopen its inquiry into compensation for underpaid 7-Eleven workers. Dan Peled/AAP

Can 7-Eleven be trusted to clean up its own mess?

7-Eleven’s decision to take charge of the compensation process for underpaid workers highlights the problems with voluntary commitments and underlines the need for increased legal accountability.
The rise of subcontracting and franchises has allowed employers to enjoy the profits without the responsibility. shutterstock

Why the death of employment is a dead idea

While there has been a rise in contracting out and 'disruptors' such as Uber, employment is an will remain the dominant method of business operation in a capitalist setting.
Regardless of the channels through which it is done, most employees want to have a say in how their workplaces are run. Shutterstock

They’re the voice: how workers can be heard when unions are on the wane

Even though union membership has dropped to just 15%, unions still have an important role to play in ensuring that workers have meaningful input into how their workplaces are run.
There are definite costs of mental illness in the workplace but the return on investment in a mentally healthy workplace can be a big boost to the bottom line. Rob/flickr

Australians are spending more on mental health services and employers need to take notice

New data shows Australians are spending more on mental health services and with costs to business in the millions, it's time employers realised good mental health is good for the bottom line too.
The smiling face of the person serving you is an important part of the retail experience that makes customers want to come back for more. Shutterstock/Ikonoklast Fotografie

Why business suddenly cares about staff being happy

A more likely reason for businesses' current interest in happiness and wellbeing has to do with cold hard economics and shifts in the labour force. Happiness, in short, is good for business.
Thanks to social media sites like Facebook, the line between our personal and work lives is being blurred all the time. Andalib/Flickr

Facebook is work, you just don’t know it yet

Social media presents many challenges for the world of work. One is the potential for employees’ online comments when off-duty to become a fertile source of evidence for allegations of misconduct and grounds…

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