January 2018 Blog Posts (16)

5 HR issues every business needs to know about in 2018

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Added by Merilyn Speiser on January 22, 2018 at 10:24 — No Comments

Tackling a Toxic Workplace Culture

Many people start off each year with a bundle of resolutions - to eat better, to exercise more, to spend more time with the kids... the list goes on. The start of a new calendar year is also a fantastic time for businesses to take stock and reassess. If your workplace culture is getting in the way of your business fulfilling it's potential, make change your top New Year's resolution for 2018.

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on January 19, 2018 at 14:00 — No Comments

Professionals must accept the “rough and smooth” of working outside the normal working hours

There has been significant discussion around working outside normal business hours (9:00 am to 5:00 pm) and whether those extra hours should be paid as either overtime or time off in lieu (TOIL).

In a decision by Commissioner Mathews in the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission, the Commissioner made it abundantly clear that employees who work in “professional” roles (such as a certified practicing accountant) need to accept that in the real world…

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Added by Jonathan Mamaril on January 18, 2018 at 7:30 — No Comments

Why you need to shine in the new world of work

I was recently driving back from holidays with my wife, Nicki, listening to Russell Brand’s excellent podcast, ‘Under the skin’. His guest Pankaj Mishra, Indian essayist and author of ‘The Age of Anger’ said something that really resonated.

“Most lives end in disappointment”

Simple, profound, confronting. But true? We paused the podcast and debated the idea.

On balance, I suspect, sadly, he’s right. Mishra frames his argument in terms of a world in which many…

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Added by Mark Hodgson on January 18, 2018 at 7:00 — No Comments

3 Hacks to Improve Employee Engagement

Okay, these are not really hacks.

I can't offer quick-fix answers to your employee engagement problems.

I can provide a common sense approach to engaging employees at work.

Want to know the truth?

Employees are people.

To get more engagement out of…

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Added by Spencer Rule on January 18, 2018 at 3:44 — No Comments

Does the complainant or respondent have to participate in a workplace investigation?

Continuing our series of short videos on the subject of workplace investigations. It’s a subject that’s often misunderstood and even mishandled by leaders, managers and HR personnel. Today’s question...

Does the complainant or respondent have to participate in a workplace investigation?…

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Added by Catherine Gillespie on January 17, 2018 at 16:31 — No Comments

Build HR Capability Today, to Shape your Business Tomorrow

The importance of building skills, abilities and knowledge in your HR function, required to shape successful business in 2018. 

HR is a multifaceted function of the 2018 workplace. It is no longer restricted to administrative operations such as staffing, development, safety & health or employee relations, and it hasn’t been for some time. HR business functions whilst combining all of the above are accountable to work towards the vision of the business,…
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Added by alan clare on January 15, 2018 at 12:13 — No Comments

How to Truly Relax Over the Summer Holidays

The Christmas tree is up, the fairy lights are lit, the bonbons are set on the table, the trifle is in the fridge - and you are sifting through your phone, replying to just one more email, tweaking just one more slide on the Powerpoint, making just one more phone call to a prospective client. Happy holidays, right? 

If this resembled your Christmas, you're not alone. Nearly 73% of Australians continue to work in some…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on January 12, 2018 at 7:30 — No Comments

No Vacancy: Employee’s drunken attempt to re-enter workplace warranted dismissal

An employer who relied on their zero-tolerance alcohol policy when dismissing an employee who drunkenly tried to access the workplace out-of-hours has successfully defended the dismissal before the Fair Work Commission (FWC).

In Lewer v Inco Ships T/A Inco Ships Pty Ltd [2017] FWC 6666, the FWC heard that an employee, who worked on a tanking vessel, attempted to re-enter the vessel after dinner and a few drinks so that he could sleep-off the alcohol. When he…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on January 10, 2018 at 13:24 — No Comments

Lawful but not reasonable: Employer unreasonably ends Bryon Bay “work from home” arrangement

Employees have an implied duty to obey their employer’s reasonable and lawful directions. Whilst employers cannot direct an employee to engage in conduct which is unlawful, the reasonableness of an employer’s direction will depend on the individual circumstances.

In Parkes v Fat Prophets Pty Ltd [2017] FWC 6121, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) held that an employer’s “unreasonable ultimatum” to an employee that he relocate to Sydney or lose his job was a…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on January 10, 2018 at 13:13 — No Comments

Puddle trouble: $275,000 damages bill flows from shallow puddle injury

In a recent decision of the Victorian County Court, a university has been ordered to pay $275,000 in damages to a security control room operator who worked on the university campus (Savage v Monash University and Programmed Maintenance Services Ltd [2017] VCC 1774).

The control room operator was walking from her car to the security control room in steel capped boots when she stepped through a puddle onto the uneven surface below and injured her ankle. The ankle injury…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on January 10, 2018 at 12:54 — No Comments

I can show you the world – Misleading and deceptive conduct in recruitment

During the recruitment process, employers want to present their best side to prospective employees in order to entice top talent to join them. Employers can potentially expose themselves to litigation for representations made or made on their behalf that are misleading and deceptive and later relied upon by prospective employees in the recruitment process. 

The Australian Consumer Law (ACL) provides that it is illegal for a business to engage in conduct that…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on January 10, 2018 at 12:30 — No Comments

In the box to the left – The return of employer uniforms on termination of employment

Ending the employment relationship can sometimes be difficult and often, those responsible for facilitating the termination are so relieved to have it all over that they don’t worry about pursuing the return of seemingly insignificant employer property, like used uniform items.

The return of uniform items at the end of employment, particularly those with company branding, can seem like quibbling over something small. However, the purpose of pursuing the return of such property is not…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on January 10, 2018 at 12:25 — No Comments

Improve Your HR Department with 4 Easy Tips

Some say that your company is only as good as your HR department is, and there is a lot of objective truth to this – do a good job hiring-wise, and the business will thrive in passion and determination. This is exactly what your HR department is for; without a rock-solid HR team behind your brand, the very hiring process is compromised. While employee hiring, retention and satisfaction are all cornerstones of HR professionals, it is up to you, as the…

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Added by Emma Lawson on January 10, 2018 at 6:10 — No Comments

Why you can’t afford to take your "eye off the ball" when it comes to old contracts

Employers may be exposing themselves to unnecessary risk due to old employment contracts that have not been updated to reflect their current policies.

A recent decision in the Brisbane District Court has seen former Wallabies coach John Connolly awarded a sum of $150,000 (excluding costs and interest) as a result of his former employer, Queensland Rugby Union, terminating his employment.

The termination occurred under the…

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Added by Jonathan Mamaril on January 9, 2018 at 11:00 — No Comments

2017: The Year Sexual Harassment Claimed the Public Spotlight

It seems that as 2017 gathered steam, more and more brave survivors of sexual harassment in the workplace gained the courage to name their alleged harassers. 

From Hollywood bigwigs and actors to Australian TV personalities; it seems that a vast array of perpetrators and inappropriate actions within the entertainment industry have finally come to light. 

There is no doubt that…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on January 3, 2018 at 9:00 — No Comments

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