December 2017 Blog Posts (19)

Send me your location: Use of GPS devices in the workplace

Most workplaces utilise some form of surveillance, the most obvious of which is monitoring the use of email and internet. Surveillance can also extend to the use of GPS tracking in company vehicles or the use of location services in devices, like mobile phones or tablets.

The use of GPS trackers in vehicles and devices is most common in roles where employees work away from a desk, at multiple different locations throughout the day – like couriers or delivery drivers, tradespersons or…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on December 12, 2017 at 12:00 — No Comments

You’re invited! (but BYO party): Organising social events for employees

It is almost undisputed that the majority of Australian workers are spending more of their time at the workplace. It is therefore unsurprising that employees and employers are becoming more concerned with the quality of the time that employees spend at work and the relationships they have with their co-workers.

As a result, there has been an increased focus by employers on establishing a positive “workplace culture” through employer-sponsored social events and team-building activities…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on December 12, 2017 at 10:56 — No Comments

Social savvy – Our 2017 wrap-up of social media in the workplace

There is no doubt that social media has changed workplace relations. It has impacted the employment relationship and the relationships employees have with each other.

Throughout 2017 the courts, the tribunals and employers more generally have continued to iron out the wrinkles in how they deal with social media in the workplace.

In this blog, we look back on some of the more interesting social media cases from the year that was 2017.

The employee in…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on December 12, 2017 at 10:46 — No Comments

A bird, a bus and a bruised (but not broken) employment relationship: Remedies for unfair dismissal applications

There are two remedies available to an employee claiming unfair dismissal under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) – reinstatement (with any required back-pay) and compensation.

Section 390 of the FW Act makes it clear that reinstatement will be the primary remedy and that the Fair Work Commission (FWC) must not make an order for compensation unless it is satisfied that reinstatement of the person is inappropriate.

When considering…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on December 12, 2017 at 10:27 — No Comments

Time after time: Re-offending directors and their cleaning company to pay hefty penalties for breaching FW Act

In a recent Federal Circuit Court decision, Fair Work Ombudsman v Commercial and Residential Cleaning Group Pty Ltd & Ors [2017] FCCA 2838, Judge Lucev ordered significant penalties against a Perth cleaning company and two of its directors.

The case concerned only three underpaid employees but resulted in more than $510,000 in penalties for contraventions of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act).

All three employees were Taiwanese…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on December 12, 2017 at 10:15 — No Comments

Captain Underpants: Undies protest not industrial action – so what is?

A national campaign with the slogan #SaveDave, which took the dismissal of a union representative employee all the way to the Fair Work Commission (FWC), has highlighted to employers the importance of recognising what is, and what is not, industrial action.

What is industrial action?

The regulation of industrial action set out in the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) is limited, in large part, to…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on December 12, 2017 at 9:30 — No Comments

Look what you made me do: Human resources manager ordered to pay $21,760 for her participation in underpayments and falsifying records

In recent years, the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has made it clear that it is prepared to prosecute not only employers, but also individuals and third parties ‘involved in’ contraventions of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act).

Most recently, the FWO was successful in its prosecution of a Chinese restaurant as well as its sole director, its human resources manager and its store manager for various breaches of the FW Act, which resulted in 85…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on December 12, 2017 at 9:27 — No Comments

It’s all in the mind – Psychological and psychometric testing in the workplace

Recently, the South Australian government announced that two of its employees engaged as carers were found unsuitable to work with children, following the introduction of a new testing and screening process involving psychological testing.

The new tests were introduced following the recommendations of the State’s Child Protection Systems Royal Commission report. As a result, all new applicants for positions as carers in South Australian residential care facilities are now required to…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on December 12, 2017 at 9:04 — No Comments

Our guide to avoiding the pitfalls of the silly season


Added by Merilyn Speiser on December 11, 2017 at 11:11 — No Comments

Step out!

I’m a little tired. You probably are too. As we enter the stadium for the last lap, having run our personal marathon since January, the finishing line approaches. What kind of shape are you in? Are you coming home strong in front or a roaring crowd, or more limping across the line, unnoticed?

The New World of Work is tough

It’s natural to be tired of course. This ‘New World of Work’ is tough. The early breathless excitement about all the possibilities is being…


Added by Mark Hodgson on December 7, 2017 at 7:00 — No Comments

Changes to 186/187 Employer Sponsored Visas Coming March 2018

If your business currently sponsors 457 workers, it is likely that your workers will be wanting to apply for Permanent Residency in the future.

There are some changes to the ENS and RSMS visas being introduced in March 2018 that will effect employers.

Skilling Australians Fund Levy - Commencing March 2018 

From March 2018, employers will be required to pay a training levy to the Australian Government when lodging a 186 or 187…


Added by Alexandra Cole on December 6, 2017 at 13:23 — No Comments

Why you should make the move to more progressive performance reviews

While skill and performance are one side of the coin, overall cultural fit impacts cohesive team performance.

The challenge for business owners

When you think about the performance review in businesses that don’t have an HR…


Added by Sebastian Reay on December 6, 2017 at 12:44 — No Comments

Navigating the Choppy Waters of Mental Illness at Work

Mental Illness is highly prevalent in our society - 45% of Australians aged between 16 and 85 will experience a mental illness at some point in their lives, and …


Added by Vince Scopelliti on December 6, 2017 at 10:00 — No Comments

Video conferencing and the recruitment process?

Video conferencing assists both me as a recruiter and candidates, making the hiring process quicker and easier for all, which in turn makes the client happy.

As things stand, the majority of recruiters seem adamant that candidates come in to their offices in order to register, and very few offer the video call as an option. That is a missed opportunity in candidate engagement as my candidates have only ever reacted positively to the suggestion of an initial meeting over Skype or…


Added by Rob Lewis on December 6, 2017 at 9:39 — No Comments

Workplace Investigations - Do it yourself or call in an expert?

Conducting workplace investigations into employee misconduct or complaints such as bullying, harassment or sexual harassment should be fairly straight forward and not beyond the skill set of managers or generalist HR professionals or is it?

Consider the case of Paulson v Industrial Relations Secretary (Department of Justice) heard at the NSW…


Added by Phil O'Brien on December 6, 2017 at 8:00 — No Comments

Taking care of each other over the festive season.

Taking care of each other over the festive season.



So, here we are at the cusp of the festive season, almost daring to take our foot off the accelerator and allowing ourselves to visualise the summer sun and imagine the sound of waves crashing gently on the shore of a destination we worked hard all year to get to. For many it’s a trip home to catch up with family and meander through the local markets,…

Added by alan clare on December 5, 2017 at 15:59 — No Comments

I won't take it anymore! (A sexual harassment victim's guide)


Back in September 2016 I posted a piece on Sexual Harassment  and  20 indicators of the problem. (You can access the article by trawling through my past blogs.) Doubtless there are victims everywhere. In fact there are more victims than HR will get to see for reason that many do not report. Victims are always confused, embarrassed, shocked. They carry feelings of shame and even may blame themselves for the violation of their person. Most victims just do not…


Added by wayne faulkner on December 5, 2017 at 8:00 — 1 Comment

How to build a talent management program that works in 2018

For many CEOs, ‘talent management’ is fast becoming a number one HR priority. But what does that actually mean and how should you go about building a talent management program that works? We explore.

Ask any CEO what’s on their list of HR priorities for 2018 and chances are ‘talent management’ will place high. But what exactly does that mean? Why is it so easy to get this wrong? And how do you know if you’re getting it right?

Read on…


Added by Merilyn Speiser on December 4, 2017 at 14:03 — No Comments

How to Create a Team Purpose Statement in Three Steps (and Why)

It’s fair to say that most organisations have a Purpose Statement, Mission Statement or something that determines the company's’ scope of operations and direction. However, though they need just as much clarity and direction (or perhaps more!), it’s rare that individual teams within organisations have their own distinct Purpose Statements. In this post (and this podcast…


Added by Jan Terkelsen on December 1, 2017 at 13:11 — No Comments

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