ACC Australia voices support for First Nations representation in the Constitution
The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Australia has voiced its support for Uluru Statement from the Heart, an education initiative that calls for greater First Nations representation in the Constitution.
ACC Australia has launched its Diversity, Equality and Inclusion and Leading Environmental and Social Sustainability website, which contains tools and material to assist its members in providing guidance to their organisations regarding the Uluru Statement. The in-house lawyers’ network will also be conducting workshops. Read More
‘Just another type of debt’: Australia’s struggle to regulate buy now, pay later firms
The sector has exploded and debt is soaring. While ASIC lacks the power to follow the UK on regulatory action, consumer groups want it subjected to the same laws as other credit. The lure of buy now, pay later, or BNPL, products has turned consumers away from their credit cards in ever-increasing number and made millionaires of investors who have backed companies such as Afterpay and Zip Money. Read More.
Has the pandemic halted diversity’s progress in law?
Time and time again we hear the importance of diversity in the workplace – especially in the legal sector. Infamously known for being a white, male-dominated industry, law firms and their counterparts have been told time and time again they need to try harder to dispel the lack of diversity in a sector that is supposed to represent the people’.
With lockdowns occurring globally and carers working from home are now having to work and care simultaneously, the pandemic has the potential to not only push diversity and inclusion (D&I) agendas to the bottom of the priority list, but it also allows the opportunity to further push disparity between classes and genders in the legal industry. Read More.
Why extending the breadth of zero trust can improve IT security
The concept of taking a “zero trust” approach to IT security has been around for more than a decade, yet it’s taken a viral pandemic to get many Australian law firms to take it seriously, writes Jim Cook.
IT teams faced with the challenge of providing large numbers of home-based workers with access to both on-premise resources and cloud platforms are coming to realise that zero trust can deliver value. It can provide the level of protection required while also allowing adequate performance so staff can get their jobs done. Read More.
$50 a fortnight rise in JobSeeker comes with tougher job search requirements
The base level of JobSeeker and related payments will increase by $50 a fortnight from April 1 under changes that will also toughen the obligations on people seeking work.
The boost will take the payment to $310.40 a week. It will go to 1.95 million people, including those on parenting payments, Austudy and Youth Allowance. Read More
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