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Where does a lack of empathy lead us? 

Democracy, as a concept and a form of governance, was first introduced by the Greeks around 507 BC.

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M1 closed both directions at Yelgun

Traffic is currently at a standstill between Ocean Shores and Crabbes Creek on the M1 Pacific Highway following a truck crash at around 7am this morning.

My dear friend, Philip Rubinstein 1934–2021

I first met Phil on a rain-soaked day outside my house in Brunswick Terrace, Mullum. It was an accidental encounter, but we soon got stuck into a conversation about the parlous state of Australian universities.

Fossil investments

Brian Mollet, Mullumbimby It is with considerable incredulity that I read in last week’s Echo that Byron Shire has a lazy...

Interview with Claire Atkins from SHIT

I saw SHIT last year and I was blown away. Incredible script. Incredible acting.

New Greens team

Matthew O’Reilly President of CABS and a proud member of the NEW Byron Greens team It seems that some readers have...

Naming Ben Franklin

Cecily McGee, Mullumbimby It's very misleading for the Byron Shire Echo to repeatedly give Ben Franklin free media coverage,  as in...

Fast-food outlets in Byron Bay and Lismore will be visited by inspectors this week, to check not the quality of their food but the treatment of their employees.

It’s part of a nationwide campaign by the Fair Work Ombudsman’s Office, which has received a number of complaints about primarily privately owned outlets underpaying their often-teenage staff.

‘Young workers can be vulnerable if they aren’t aware of their workplace rights or are reluctant to complain, so it’s important we are proactive about checking they are receiving their full lawful entitlements,’ said Fair Work ombudsman Natalie James.

Fair Work Inspectors will check employers are paying employees their minimum entitlements, including minimum hourly rates, penalty rates and overtime rates, and are complying with their record-keeping and pay slip obligations.

It’s part of a three-year campaign focusing on the hospitality sector.

The ombudsman previously offered ‘carrots’ to the industry including a menu of free resources to help outlets comply with workplace laws.

 


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