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Fellas struggle with work/life balance… Workplace death rate higher for older workers… Support for uniform leasing information…

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Fellas struggle with work/life balance

Working women in America are better at maintaining work/life balance than American men, according to a new Harris Interactive survey reported in Inc.com.

The survey, of 223 men and 272 women, found that 50% of mums split their time equally between work and their families compared to just 32% of men, with a majority of men saying they found it difficult to balance work and life as they would like.

The genders were divided over just whose fault that is: When asked if it is easier for dads to maintain work/life balance, 50% of women claim that it is, versus 29% of men.

One possible reason for the difference may be that men seem to focus more on financial performance than women: 59% of men said they could not afford take paternity leave if given the option, with 46% reporting the financial burden of taking time off would be too much even if they were able to earn a part-time salary.

Workplace death rate higher for older workers

Here are some statistics that defy stereotypes. Young people are supposed to take more risks, but recent figures show that older people are more likely to die as a result of workplace accidents.

A report prepared by the Australian Safety and Compensation Council shows that the death rate for those 65 years and over was 5.4 per 100,000 workers in 2005-06. For the youngest workers, those aged 15 to 24, the fatality rate was 0.8 per 100,000 workers.

The most prevalent causes of fatalities were falls from height (27 deaths), followed by being hit by a moving object (24 deaths), and vehicle accidents (21 deaths).

Support for uniform leasing information

Australian retailers and landlords are overwhelmingly in favour of the idea of national uniform legislation covering retail leasing.

A survey conducted by Inside Retailing Online found 83% of respondents saying that they would be happy to see the various state-based laws replaced by one piece of legislation.

Only 6% favoured the current system, with 11% indicating they were undecided. There was also strong support for the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) to play a greater role in monitoring retail leases, as well as the idea of having a national retail lease database.

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