Employers and human resources professionals may often be provided with medical certificates which they are not quite sure about, prompting them to look at the certificate a bit more closely.
In Bluzer v Monash University  FWCFB 4032, the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) considered an appeal against a decision to…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on August 22, 2017 at 14:51 — No Comments
With respect to taking notice of informal complaints and where they fit in the context of grievance handling procedures –there are three types of manager:
Added by Catherine Gillespie on August 22, 2017 at 12:36 — No Comments
The perception for some is that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will replace much of the work of HR departments. For leading organisations, the adoption of AI is a reality. The long-term benefits to productivity and overall cost savings to their organisations make the initial costs worthwhile.
Added by alan clare on August 21, 2017 at 10:06 — No Comments
Age is a very high price to pay for maturity – Tom Stoppard, British playwright.
For all in HR, share this with your younger Millennials. If you be one, read it carefully; twice is best.
Workers in their 20’s are typically more impatient, are more easily disillusioned, more demanding, more mobile, more ambitious and more impetuous than their older colleagues. Many feel disengaged at work. Most are lacking in one…Continue
Added by wayne faulkner on August 20, 2017 at 13:03 — No Comments
Just imagine it, you’ve been called into a meeting with your boss, and they tell you that while you are a valued employee, you are no longer needed. Maybe you suspected it was coming, or perhaps it has caught you completely by surprise.
A lump in your throat forms. You think back to earlier in the morning as you were leaving your house blissfully unaware of what you would walk into. You want to go back there. The explanation your employer continues to give is muffled under the…Continue
Added by Mark Brand on August 17, 2017 at 22:44 — No Comments
We live in a world that is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (V.U.C.A.). Because of this the way we work is rapidly changing. Old ridged hierarchical organizational structures are being consigned to the history books, giving way to fluid and collaborative project based teams. In this new world of work, the ability to gain and maintain employees’ trust is crucial for leadership success. If a leader isn’t trusted by their team then they’ll never achieve their full…Continue
Added by Alistair Kerr on August 17, 2017 at 16:38 — No Comments
Self-management is an informal process that seeks to restore workplace relationships without looking for the alleged perpetrator to be disciplined in some way. It is only appropriate to try this method of conflict resolution if you feel safe to do so.
It is important that you, the complainant, remain calm and polite. This process should be seen as an assertive and objective exercise and not an opportunity to become angry and aggressive. Think about an appropriate time and…Continue
Remember the old (and slightly misogynistic) phrase Happy Wife, Happy Life! ? Well, it turns out there is a workplace equivalent: Happy workers, productive business! (and no - we couldn’t make it rhyme). There’s a strong correlation between happy…Continue
Added by Sebastian Reay on August 16, 2017 at 10:37 — No Comments
A decision by the Queensland Court of Appeal highlights why employers must take into account the needs of workers with an acquired brain injury, in order to avoid being considered to have discriminated against them.
In Chivers v State of Queensland (Queensland Health), the Court of Appeal heard a case pursued by Ms Chivers, who was employed as a registered nurse with Queensland Health (QH). She…Continue
Added by Vince Scopelliti on August 16, 2017 at 7:30 — No Comments
In the L&D world, e-learning today can sometimes be seen as the poor cousin to instructor-led training. It’s mostly because when we think about e-learning we think about the boring compliance courses we’re expected to complete to protect against organisational risk. Very rarely does that form of…Continue
Added by Kiren Kahlon on August 15, 2017 at 20:29 — No Comments
Here at Workplace Law, we regularly assist clients with unfair dismissal claims, which often involve disputes over performance management processes and meetings.
Performance issues can be some of the most difficult for employers to manage and when performance management results in disciplinary action, employers need to be on the front foot to protect…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on August 11, 2017 at 11:30 — No Comments
After seeing Charles present at the HR Summit in Hong Kong, I had the pleasure of sitting with him to discuss ‘the illusion of permanence’ and why change is often a stumbling block for organisations and individuals. As the Director of Human Resources for the Hong Kong English Schools Foundation, Charles has worked with teaching and non teaching staff, of different nationalities, to ensure they have felt supported and successfully been able to manage and implement…Continue
Added by Catherine Gillespie on August 11, 2017 at 10:50 — No Comments
Have you noticed how successful people have a knack for making their life look less bumpy than yours? They glide across everyday challenges, unfazed by the dramas that conspire to frustrate your progress. If your dream is to make a good living doing your own thing, this lightness of touch can seem both attractive and unattainable. It’s easy to become discouraged.
It’s not like in the movies
Would that we could live in the unreality of the silver screen. There’s a lot…Continue
Added by Mark Hodgson on August 11, 2017 at 7:00 — No Comments
Planning your life and career is never easy. They’re very closely connected. After all, your career will play a big part in your development as a person. The truth is, life is a one-way street, but who says that that one-way street has to be a boring one?
If you’ve recently graduated and if you’ve already found that perfect company you want to work for, you’re certainly on the right track. What you need to do now is push yourself to the limit.…Continue
Added by Emma Lawson on August 10, 2017 at 21:08 — No Comments
Depending on the nature of your workplace, chances are that half your team (give or take) is likely to be extroverted. Probably less than half if you are running a library and more than half if you are running a sales team. Either way, knowing how to communicate effectively with extroverts is a skill worth having, especially if you are more introverted yourself. That’s not to say that extroverts have special needs as such but if you want to bring out their best, communicating …Continue
Added by Jan Terkelsen on August 10, 2017 at 18:07 — No Comments
Email, in one form or another, has been around for more than 40 years but employers and employees are still coming to grips with how to manage email etiquette in the workplace.
In a recent decision of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) (Mr Andrew Pearce v Viva Energy Refining Pty Ltd  FWC 3817), an employee was validly dismissed for…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on August 10, 2017 at 16:22 — No Comments
The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has dismissed an application for unfair dismissal in Bosley v Kosciuszko Thredbo Pty Ltd  FWC 3763, upholding the jurisdictional objections of the employer.
Mr Bosley was employed as a fulltime seasonal employee in the ski patrol team and had worked in this capacity for the past 13 ski seasons. His…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on August 10, 2017 at 16:10 — No Comments
There is a generally accepted belief that if organisations pay employees enough, they will be more productive and engaged. However, benefits packages, if used in the right way, can be a powerful tool which can empower and motivate employees
According to recent research by Aon Hewitt, there is a strong correlation between employee…Continue
Added by Neil Robinson on August 10, 2017 at 13:06 — No Comments
Choosing an effective and appropriate POS system for your business is imperative to running a successful store. Traditional sales technologies have, in recent years, been left behind by web-based POS software. Small businesses and large chains alike have found a cloud or web-based POS system far…Continue
Added by Rachel Kennedy on August 9, 2017 at 13:32 — No Comments
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) was introduced in mid-2013 to facilitate a support system for disabled Australians. In many ways, this has begun to streamline and simplify the process whereby many thousands of Australians under the age of 65, who have sustained a permanent and residual disability, are able to access healthcare services. But what happens when the system goes wrong and complaints need to be made…Continue
Added by Vince Scopelliti on August 9, 2017 at 7:30 — No Comments