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18 June 2018

Australia: Delivery firm Foodora faces legal action for underpayment, sham contracting

The Fair Work ombudsman has initiated legal action in what could be a landmark case for gig economy workers. It is alleged that food couriers should be classed as employees, rather than independent contractors, and are therefore entitled to employee...

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12 June 2018

Australia: Modern Slavery bill introduced to New South Wales state Parliament

A private member's bill has been introduced to the New South Wales state Parliament which includes mandatory reporting on modern slavery by companies....

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10 June 2018

Australia: Premier urged to ensure Modern Slavery Bill passes with no amendments in 'show of good faith'

Author: Lisa Visentin, The Sydney Morning Herald

4 June 2018...

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5 June 2018

UN Special Rapporteur calls on platforms to use int'l human rights law as basis for content standards in new report

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4 June 2018

Australia: Facial matching system risks racial bias, Human Rights Law Centre warns

Author: Paul Karp, The Guardian

29 May 2018...

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31 May 2018

Commentary: Australian media commends govt. and urges Parliament to support new Modern Slavery legislation to purge companies of slavery

Author: The Sydney Morning Herald

"Australia to join assault on slavery", 28 May 2018...

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21 May 2018

Comparison of human rights due diligence laws and regulation of work in global supply chains

Authors: Shelley Marshall, Irene Pietropaoli, and Madeline Winterbottom (RMIT University of Melbourne) As human rights due diligence laws are enacted around the world, it is vital that we compare their features and strengths and weaknesses. This datab...

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16 May 2018

Australia: Govt. announces key features of Modern Slavery Reporting Requirement for companies; unions and opposition say could go further

Author: Christopher Knaus, Guardian

"New law will force 3,000 big companies to show they are stamping out slavery", 11 May 2018...

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16 May 2018

Australian Govt. announces key features of company reporting requirement to be included in upcoming Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act

In May 2018 the Australian Government announced its intention to introduce legislation by mid 2018 to enact a Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act, which would include a company reporting requirement. Details from the Australian Government on the key...

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15 May 2018

Ben & Jerry's & 350.org launch campaign to freeze fossil fuel investments in Australia

Author: Hannah Fernandez, Eco-Business

American ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s has partnered with climate activism group 350.org Australia to launch a campaign to freeze fossil fuels investments, by encouraging Australians to lobby their local governing bodies to ensure that none of its...

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