This is a parable taken from early Buddhist, Hindu and Jain texts…
Word got to a group of blind men that a strange animal, called an elephant, had been brought to the village. Having no clue about its shape or form, one said: "We must inspect and get to know it by touch. Of this we are capable". When they found it they touched, caressed and groped so that they could each share their findings. "This being is like a thick snake" when the trunk was touched. For another, it was…Continue
Added by Jason Buchanan on July 25, 2017 at 14:34 — No Comments
When AWPTI conducts an investigation we provide all the documentation including letters of allegation to our clients however I am often asked “Should we provide some sort of letter or email with the allegations?”
The answer is always YES.
Why: Recently I published an article about allegation letters, procedural fairness and why it is essential……Continue
Added by Phil O'Brien on July 25, 2017 at 12:00 — No Comments
When considering dismissing an employee for serious misconduct, employers must bare in mind the following;
More details of another case there the issue of the punishment fitting the crime was considered by the FWC – …Continue
Added by Phil O'Brien on July 24, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments
In light of the XL Express Pty Ltd decision at the Fair Work Commission, I think it’s time to review Summary Dismissal. (More about XL Express here – http://awpti.com.au/unfair-dismissal-serious-misconduct-workplace-investigation/
Summary dismissal is dismissal without notice. It does not require advance notice to the…Continue
Added by Phil O'Brien on July 24, 2017 at 7:30 — No Comments
Carer’s leave was introduced as an employee entitlement in the Australian workplace as part of the Fair Work Act. Under Section 97 of the Act:
An employee may take paid personal/carer's leave if the leave is taken:
(a) because the employee is not fit for work because of a personal illness, or personal injury, affecting the employee; or
(b) to provide care or support…Continue
Added by Catherine Gillespie on July 21, 2017 at 12:36 — No Comments
Classroom training can seem like a real treat. Especially when we consider that more than 3 quarters of people haven’t attended a course in the last two years. But if they’re not attending courses (even if they like them), then…Continue
Added by Kiren Kahlon on July 21, 2017 at 1:01 — No Comments
You are being limited by the experience of the people around you. Many Leadership teams fall into the Thinking Trap of Experience because they believe that once a subject or idea is discussed and debated by the team it is sufficient to make a good decision. Sadly, most Leadership teams…Continue
Added by David Klaasen on July 20, 2017 at 19:36 — No Comments
Student accommodation provider UniLodge faced reports this month that it deducted a total amount of $74,336.00 for “rent” over the period October 2011 to April 2016 from the combined salary of two of its onsite caretakers.
The husband and wife caretakers claimed that they were paid a total of $85,784.40 gross over the same period, despite being…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on July 20, 2017 at 16:08 — No Comments
Setting policies and procedures for the effective management of drugs and alcohol in the workplace is important, particularly for safety critical industries.
The overarching goal of such policies and procedures is to ensure employees do not show up for work in an impaired state and place themselves, other employees or their employer’s business at…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on July 20, 2017 at 15:50 — No Comments
The general protections provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) aim to protect employees from adverse action (including dismissal) because of a proscribed reason. Proscribed reasons include the existence of a workplace right and the exercise (or failure to exercise) a workplace right.
By way of example, an employee has a…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on July 20, 2017 at 15:30 — No Comments
The alleged “forced” resignations of two senior AFL officials last week after disclosing affairs with co-workers has again sparked public debate about the legal issues and consequences surrounding workplace romances: http://wwos.nine.com.au/2017/07/14/12/03/afl-important-announcement-gillon-mclachlan…Continue
Added by Kristin Ramsey on July 20, 2017 at 12:00 — No Comments
Added by Zandy Fell on July 19, 2017 at 14:30 — No Comments
Staff who are subject to increased employer supervision or performance management may feel that they are being personally victimised, attacked or even bullied.
It may be difficult to distinguish between reasonable performance management and bullying, especially when the worker involved is sensitive by nature, has personal stress factors, fails to acknowledge their own performance shortcomings or is emotionally…Continue
The idea of behaviour being acceptable or otherwise can, for some, be very subjective and often very personal. Sometimes it even depends on the environment and even ‘the times.’
Induction and hazing rituals once believed to be necessary to develop resilience and teach respect are now viewed as demeaning and in some situations constitute unlawful, criminal assault.
Violence for example, isn’t condoned on the streets yet, in the past it has often been encouraged and applauded on…Continue
Now more than ever our workplaces seem to be a place that exposes us to stressors and depending on our psychological health at the time, our reactions to stress can be varied. While each of us are responsible for how we react in every situation, you can play a significant role in communicating effectively to minimise the risk of others adversely reacting to your comments and instructions.
One strategy which will have a major positive effect on others in the workplace is for you to be…Continue
Added by Catherine Gillespie on July 17, 2017 at 10:30 — No Comments
When an employer receives notice from the Fair Work Commission (FWC) of an unfair dismissal claim, the first question they should ask is – does the FWC have jurisdiction to hear the matter?
There are numerous circumstances in which the FWC may not have jurisdiction and/or in which an applicant may not be eligible to make a claim to the FWC.…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on July 14, 2017 at 14:55 — No Comments
In a rare decision by the Fair Work Commission (FWC), an employee has been ordered to pay her former employer’s legal costs after it held that the employee’s application had no prospects of success, was without basis and was an abuse of process.
Costs under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth)…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on July 14, 2017 at 12:51 — No Comments
It’s no secret that change is one of the toughest tasks in the HR profession. To implement effective change requires “buy in” both emotionally and mentally across all levels within the organisation.
Added by alan clare on July 13, 2017 at 18:16 — No Comments
Though all of us have the same amount of time each day, it seems that some folks use that time more effectively than others. While we might like to think it’s because they don’t have as much on their plate as we do, that’s often not the case. Often they actually have more to do but they have just set themselves up to be extremely effective.
While this may take a little effort to set up, you don’t have to be superhuman to do…Continue
Added by Jan Terkelsen on July 13, 2017 at 11:00 — No Comments
Feedback from employees is crucial to employers wanting to keep their finger on the pulse of a business. It is essential for management to be aware of risky behaviours occurring within a workplace, such as bullying, circumstances giving rise to easily preventable worker's compensation claims, failure to comply with regulations, corruption, or even criminal activities such as embezzlement, theft or fraud. In…Continue
Added by Vince Scopelliti on July 12, 2017 at 13:30 — No Comments