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Catholic Church to double compo for abuse survivors Catholic Church to double compo for abuse survivors

Published on 20 November 2016: The Archdiocese of Melbourne today announced that the compensation cap for survivors of abuse will be doubled from $75,000 to $150,000 under the church’s own redress scheme, dubbed the Melbourne Response.

Ford workers can still claim injury and training benefits Ford workers can still claim injury and training benefits

Published on 18 November 2016: Last month’s closure of the Ford car plant in Geelong was painful, even if it was long- expected. But the pain of leaving behind many years of loyal service in a steady job is often accompanied by another sort of pain.

Casual loading restored to weekly WorkCover compensation payments Casual loading restored to weekly WorkCover compensation payments

Published on 17 November 2016: Weekly WorkCover benefits have today been restored to causal workers who will now be entitled to have their casual loadings taken into account in calculating their entitlements.

Final public hearings for Royal Commission announced Final public hearings for Royal Commission announced

Published on 15 November 2016: The Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse has announced its final public hearings will conclude in March 2017. The hearings will focus on a number of institutions of special interest.

Brother Best remains in Order despite child sexual abuse convictions Brother Best remains in Order despite child sexual abuse convictions

Published on 07 November 2016: Christian Brothers Province of Oceania apologises and expresses sympathy for victims of convicted Brother, however, perpetrator remains part of the Christian Brothers Order.

Fair, simple and generous? Queries remain for abuse compo scheme Fair, simple and generous? Queries remain for abuse compo scheme

Published on 06 November 2016: Following the announcement of a compensation scheme for survivors of institutional sexual abuse, concerns are being raised as to whether the proposed scheme will in fact be fair, simple and generous.

Sexual abuse Redress Scheme finally announced Sexual abuse Redress Scheme finally announced

Published on 04 November 2016: More than 13 months after the release of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s report on Redress and Civil litigation, a redress scheme will see survivors of institutional sexual abuse get up to $150,000 each.

Salvos sexual predator Robert Burnett likely to die in jail Salvos sexual predator Robert Burnett likely to die in jail

Published on 04 November 2016: The 77-year-old former employee of the Salvation Army who worked at Bayswater Boys’ Home, has been sentenced to 18 and a half years in prison for the sexual abuse of seven boys between the years 1973 and 1999.

What Trump reveals about sexual abuse at work What Trump reveals about sexual abuse at work

Published on 03 November 2016: Recent increases in legal damages for sexual abuse at work provide evidence that courts are taking a more serious approach to compensating victims of sexual harassment.

Court blocks unreasonable restraints of trade put on executive Court blocks unreasonable restraints of trade put on executive

Published on 28 October 2016: The Supreme Court of Victoria has knocked back an executive contract that blocked an ex-employee from accepting a new position with another company.

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