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Israel Folau is claiming that Rugby Australia unlawfully sacked him because of his religion. The organisation, however, contends the rugby star violated the terms of its code of conduct by discriminating against LGBTQ people. Lukas Coch/AAP

Why the Israel Folau case could set an important precedent for employment law and religious freedom

What makes Folau's case unique is that it sets up a clash between employment contract law and legal protections against discrimination on the basis of religion.
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.

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