In our previous blog - Conducting Investigations: Are you in or out? we discussed internal and external investigations. The Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC)’s decision in East Coast Pipeline Pty Ltd v Workers Compensation Regulator  QIRC 101 (East Coast Case) suggests to employers…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on October 31, 2016 at 11:00 — No Comments
Fair Work Commission’s (FWC) Full Bench decision in Mohammed Ayub v NSW Trains  FWCFB 5500 (Ayub Case) is a good reminder for employers about the need for clarity with respect to termination of employment and in particular when a termination is to take effect.
Mr Ayub lodged an application for unfair dismissal and there was a dispute between the parties as to the correct date of termination of employment. This was significant in terms of determining…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on October 31, 2016 at 10:47 — No Comments
The Western Australian Industrial Magistrates Court’s (the Court) decision in Simone Jade Stewart v Next Residential Pty Ltd  WAIRC 00756 (16 September 2016) (Stewart’s Case) is a warning for employers to carefully review their current employment contracts, especially for award covered employees who are employed on an “annual salary” in accordance with an award term.
In Stewart’s Case, Ms Stewart was employed as an administration coordinator under the…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on October 31, 2016 at 10:28 — No Comments
First impressions really are lasting impressions when it comes to an employee’s first experiences with your organisation. The best companies know that having a thoughtful on-boarding program is what will give…Continue
Added by Emily Wilson on October 28, 2016 at 12:01 — No Comments
I love this quote by former world heavyweight boxer, Mike Tyson. Whether you love or loathe ‘the noble art’, as a man who won his first nineteen fights with knockout punches, ‘Iron Mike’ clearly knew a bit about disrupting the best made plans of wannabe world champs. And – whilst few would argue…Continue
Added by Mark Hodgson on October 27, 2016 at 8:00 — No Comments
Have you ever experienced a Manager who doesn't listen? Or perhaps on the flip side, your employees are the ones who don't seem to be getting the message?
Communication between Managers, Supervisors and their employees can be a tumultuous experience for all parties involved if proper understanding isn't clear or established. A recent survey by Leadership…Continue
Added by Nathan Deslandes on October 25, 2016 at 13:05 — No Comments
Australian employers face a widening mismatch between the skills they require and those candidates possess.
This disconnect exists despite an existing pool of labour, and is impacting employers in high-skill industries the most, including engineering, IT, life sciences, financial services and professionals services.
As it takes time to undertake the training necessary to work in these industries, it makes them more…Continue
Added by Eliza Kirkby on October 24, 2016 at 13:00 — No Comments
“Are they engaged?” Without context, that question can be interpreted in many, very different ways. In a marketing environment you might be talking about the intended audience of your latest campaign, trying to determine how well you’re speaking to them and how likely they are to buy; in a social setting, you’re more likely to be talking about a couple going through that very special moment in their relationship. In our world of HR, the meaning lies somewhere in the middle – it’s not quite…Continue
Added by Lee-Martin Seymour on October 24, 2016 at 12:30 — No Comments
Sometimes when we investigate issues of misconduct and/or corruption in workplaces, we find ourselves asking – why didn’t anybody notice this earlier? Yet more often than not the answer to this question will…Continue
Carpal tunnel syndrome results from altered conductivity of the nerves as they travel across the wrist joint, on the palmar side of the hand and wrist.
Carpal tunnel syndrome can have a number of causes or contributing factors. These can be both local (i.e. at the wrist) and distal (i.e. further up the arm and into the neck).
Local Risk Factors
Added by Jordan Lees on October 20, 2016 at 19:55 — No Comments
It’s been one hell of a year. I’ve been wrapped up in life, trying to maintain a balance between going work, having a life, staying on top of my studies and managing all that comes with having a young family.
In the meantime, my life goal has been to ultimately keep my s*%$ together, with my head above water and my sanity in-tact. In hindsight, and from the outside, that seems like such an amazing and simple goal to achieve.
It happens to us all in some form or another. Our…Continue
Added by Louise Auer-Hernandez on October 20, 2016 at 11:26 — No Comments
In 1993, American author and futurist William Ford Gibson observed that:
“The future is already here, it’s just not very evenly distributed”
I was reminded of this on my recent trip to Nashville, where we stumbled across a vintage car exhibition. One of those wonderfully random happenings…Continue
Added by Mark Hodgson on October 19, 2016 at 7:00 — No Comments
Well, different stakeholders are involved in different phases of planning.
Two key areas are usually:
> Those who are needed to participate in the planning.
> Those who are needed to facilitate the process.
Because of the holistic nature of looking at the values and vision of the organisation, it is likely that almost everyone in the organisation will be involved, at least part thereof, in the planning…Continue
Added by CHANEL BENJAMIN on October 18, 2016 at 10:27 — No Comments
Added by Harriet Stacey on October 17, 2016 at 8:00 — No Comments
Working from home is the latest craze, so how do you manage staff members that are not in the office?
It is more common than ever for employees to request flexible working arrangements. They can be great for people caring for children or who live far away from their…Continue
Added by Danielle McNamee on October 14, 2016 at 15:19 — No Comments
‘Seeking company with a strong leadership team that will enable me to be the best version of myself’.…Continue
Added by Emily Wilson on October 14, 2016 at 13:05 — No Comments
Cervicogenic Headaches In The Desk-Bound Office Worker
Cervicogenic headaches are headaches that originate from the neck. Prolonged sitting and excessive computer use are risk factors for cervicogenic headaches, which is why many office workers suffer from cervicogenic headaches.
Cervicogenic headache often presents in the following ways:
Added by Jordan Lees on October 14, 2016 at 11:17 — No Comments
There are quite a few things that the rapid advancement in internet business technology and business tech in general has done for various types of businesses. Perhaps the most impactful of these is the democratization of business, especially from the viewpoint of small businesses and their owners. Among other things, this democratization has enabled smaller companies to obtain more affordable alternative financing which had previously been out of their reach due to their…Continue
Added by Raul Harman on October 13, 2016 at 17:00 — No Comments
A senior Woolworths payroll clerk who stole over $200,000 and attempted to take a further $400,000 to fund her lifestyle in the USA while representing Australia in a bodybuilding competition has been sentenced to 5 years in prison.
The payroll clerk stole the money by making it appear as though Woolworths was paying former employees – when in fact that money was going directly into her own bank account.
This is not the first case of employees misappropriating money from their…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on October 13, 2016 at 14:30 — No Comments
Airtasker is the most recent operator in the “gig” economy facing allegations of sham contracting and underpayment for work performed.
Airtasker is an online service where users who require assistance with a particular job can connect with workers who are available and willing to complete the job. The tasks can range from home and garden maintenance, house cleaning, removal and pickup services to more specialist work including computer and IT support, administration and accounting…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on October 13, 2016 at 13:49 — No Comments