Brad Petley
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  • Brisbane, QLD
  • Australia
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What would you like to share about yourself?
I am the legal practice director of Acumen Lawyers, a boutique employment law firm in Brisbane. I am also the founder of The HR Investigator; an online information site about workplace investigations. I have specialised in employment, industrial relations and safety law for the entirety of my legal career.

My unique blend of investigative and legal skills have made me a foremost expert on conducting effective workplace investigations.
Company website/blog
http://www.hrinvestigator.com.au
Personal blog
http://www.acumenlawyers.com.au
How many employees in your company?
1-49
What areas of HR are you particularly passionate about?
Workplace Investigations
What kind of networking are you open to?
Open networking, Referrals between friends

Brad Petley's Blog

Honestly!! Let’s talk about employee dishonesty during an HR Investigation

Posted on October 9, 2012 at 15:00 0 Comments

In Brief

An employee owes a duty to their employer to be honest in their dealings with it.  This is no more apparent than when the employee is the subject of an investigation into alleged misconduct.

A recent dismissal case…

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[PART 2] "Warning, Warning" - Taking Account of Past Workplace Sins When Disciplining Employees

Posted on August 9, 2012 at 8:00 0 Comments

In Brief

In Part 2 of our discussion about the recent Patrick Stevedores1 case, we consider whether the actions of an employer over a prior disciplinary warning can be called into question in a later dismissal case by Fair Work…

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"Warning, warning" - Taking account of past workplace sins when disciplining employees - [Part 1]

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 11:00 0 Comments

In Brief

A recent dismissal case before Fair Work Australia ("FWA") serves as a useful illustration of the issues facing employers when weighing up an employee's poor disciplinary record and whether a dismissal would be justified.



Warning Confusion…

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Employer's Redundancy Assumption goes awry in Dismissal Case

Posted on March 28, 2012 at 16:00 0 Comments

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In a recent appeal case about a redundancy1, Fair Work Australia ("FWA") rejected an employer’s “assumption” that a manager would be insulted if offered redeployment to a more junior position following a restructure.…



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