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The Dimensions of Diversity Through an Inclusive Lens

Just as there are many different social stereotypes in the world, there are many dimensions of diversity and difference. And of course, they are all prevalent in the workplace. 

There is a growing trend, backed by research and insights, within the diversity and inclusion space to move away from focusing on types of difference in situ or the ‘traditional’ dimensions of diversity.  


Because it doesn’t really matter what…


Added by Maureen Frank on October 20, 2021 at 12:46 — No Comments

Red Light, Green Light: Dismissals for temporary illnesses under the FW Act

Within the general protections of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act), there is a protection afforded to employees who are temporarily absent from work because of an illness or injury. Specifically, section 352 of the FW Act prohibits employers from dismissing an employee within the first three months of any absence from work due to an illness or injury.

The purpose of this protection is to recognise the inevitability that an employee might require time off…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on October 20, 2021 at 11:04 — No Comments

Words flying high: Commission critical of employer’s entirely email-based disciplinary process

Communication between the employer and employees is essential for a good working relationship. Poor communication in the disciplinary process may lead to a deficiency in the process which renders the dismissal unfair.

It is important that when conducting a disciplinary process, employers ensure that they make a proportionate and genuine attempt to communicate with the employee on their alleged conduct.

In the recent decision of Mr Roger Woods v LifeFlight Australia…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on October 20, 2021 at 10:30 — No Comments

Why don’t all office-based corporate roles pivot to a 4 day week?

In my own personal opinion only so much that there is NO drop in salary and a “remote working” annual bonus is paid to cover the employees purchase of home office incidentals like a blue screen cover for your work laptop, spiked single-sided office plastic mat for carpets so your five-spokes wheeled executive office chair can slide around seemlessly or the piece de resistance - a networked large monitor that wirelessly connects to your work laptop or notebook…


Added by Adrian Boothman on October 14, 2021 at 7:36 — No Comments

Cultural load – Is it time to evaluate the load and who is bearing it?

The term ‘Cultural Load’ was brought to my attention by an article in HRM (July 2021) in reference to the “extra pressure” employers are (often unknowingly) placing “on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees by asking them to educate their colleagues”.

 Associate Professor Richard Frankland, Head of the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development at the University of Melbourne, defines ‘Cultural Load’ asthe invisible…


Added by Catherine Gillespie on October 12, 2021 at 14:00 — No Comments

Five mistakes leaders make that cause good employees quit

Ask any good leader what their secret to success is and they will tell you it’s their people. The employees that show up day in and day out to do the work and drive the company forward.

But as a leader, how do you make sure that your team keep turning up engaged and motivated? You’d want to avoid making these five mistakes that often cause good employees to leave.

1. A lack of…


Added by Mark Brand on October 11, 2021 at 15:30 — No Comments

81% of NSW and VIC SMEs have survived and plan to thrive after lockdowns

A new survey has revealed just how resilient Melbourne and Sydney SMEs have been during the current lockdowns. More than a quarter have not been impacted by the lockdowns at all, while 53 per cent say they will focus on bouncing back when restrictions ease.

The findings were derived from a survey of an independent panel of 161 SME business owners in NSW and Victoria, commissioned by Corporate…


Added by Tom Walley on October 5, 2021 at 8:05 — No Comments

Six ways to avoid leadership exhaustion

With leaders around the globe facing extended periods of highly disruptive change due to the pandemic, and the World Health Organization (WHO) officially recognising ‘burnout’ as a result of chronic workplace stress – the days of organisations thinking burnout is not their problem are over.

As a leader, you have a responsibility not only to yourself and your family to avoid leadership exhaustion but also to your team. Because your team will look to you as an example of how they are…


Added by Mark Brand on September 30, 2021 at 21:47 — No Comments

The intrinsic link between physical and mental health


The intrinsic link between physical and mental health

Anjanette Murfet, Chief People & Communications Officer

Accolade Wines


Long regarded by the corporate world as an important factor in establishing a high-performance organisation, conversations on the importance of mental and physical health in the workplace have been increasingly prevalent due to the pressures of the pandemic,…


Added by Anjanette Murfet on September 30, 2021 at 12:09 — No Comments

Can an employee who resigned bring an action for unfair dismissal? 3 tips employers need to know about resignations during performance management

While this may come as a surprise to some employers, there are in fact some circumstances where an employee’s resignation may be deemed a dismissal under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Act). 

In a matter before the Fair Work Commission (FWC), (Christine Sandra Becker -v- Greater Bank Limited [2021]…


Added by Jonathan Mamaril on September 28, 2021 at 8:00 — No Comments

Workplace wellbeing, diversity, and inclusion post-COVID

What will workplace wellbeing, diversity and inclusion look and feel like to organisations post Covid-19?

I committed to having 100 virtual coffees with leaders and diversity and inclusion experts from around the world. I have been having some very interesting conversations. My question is: 

What does the pivot in diversity and inclusion start to look like post Covid-19?  

This is the…


Added by Maureen Frank on September 27, 2021 at 13:00 — No Comments

Not a “one and done” thing: The importance of WHS refresher training

It is an expected and necessary part of work health and safety (WHS) plans that all new workers receive relevant WHS training. A recent decision in the NSW District Court (the Court) has highlighted the need for employers to also re-induct or provide refresher training to workers when they are transferred to a different department or location.

In SafeWork NSW v Crawfords Freightlines Pty Ltd [2021] NSWDC 442, Crawfords Freightlines Pty Ltd…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on September 23, 2021 at 12:51 — No Comments

Procedurally disastrous: Commission orders employer to pay compensation as a result of its procedurally unfair disciplinary process

When investigating allegations of misconduct against an employee in the workplace, employers must ensure that any ensuing disciplinary process is kept distinct from and separate to the investigation. This is to ensure that the employee is afforded proper procedural fairness.

The purpose of an investigation into allegations of misconduct is to determine whether or not the misconduct has actually taken place and can be put to the employee as part of a disciplinary process. During the…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on September 23, 2021 at 12:43 — No Comments

Employee data privacy and making things easier: Can you have the cake & eat it?

Lightening your workload by improving the way you look after employee data privacy

We know and understand that you care for your employees and their data. In recent years, there has been a lot of concern for data privacy and security, and for good reasons. HR Managers and other custodians of this information want to do their job as well as possible, keeping the information private and secure. In theory, technological solutions can be of great assistance when it comes…


Added by Quin Rijnders on September 23, 2021 at 7:55 — No Comments

Make the Most of Your Marketing Strategy with These Social Media Tips

As a business owner, you are aware of how important customers are for the success of your business. In order to attract them, you need to put plenty of effort into your marketing campaign. From handing out flyers and putting up billboards to sending emails and producing TV ads, there are many ways how you can promote your business. However, you probably know the saying that if you’re not on social media these days, it’s as if your company doesn’t even exist. With that in mind, you also need…


Added by Mike Parsons on September 17, 2021 at 21:37 — No Comments

News update: Casual terms award review 2021

In March 2021, the casual employment amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) introduced a new statutory definition of “casual employee” and an entitlement to casual conversion as one of the National Employment Standards (NES).

As part of the amendments, the Fair Work Commission (the FWC) was required to undertake a review of casual terms in modern awards and their interaction with the casual employee amendments…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on September 15, 2021 at 15:30 — No Comments

Building sustainable diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives

Six considerations to support DE&I using robust talent assessments

Organisations are strengthening their diversity, equity and inclusivity (DE&I) strategies and programs. To ensure sustainability, they must adopt a holistic approach and consider four pillars: 

  • the workforce and talent practices…

Added by Stefan Hinrichsen on September 15, 2021 at 15:30 — No Comments

News update: Changes to the Fair Work Act and Sex Discrimination Act to commence shortly

On 2 September 2021, the Federal Parliament passed the Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Bill 2021 (the Bill).

The Bill implements a number of recommendations made by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) following a national inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces. The Bill will amend the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) as well as the Sex Discrimination Act…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on September 15, 2021 at 15:30 — No Comments

SMEs key to driving Australia’s business travel recovery

Business travel accounts for a significant portion of Australia’s travel sector and contributes to the local economy. Since the start of the pandemic, the SME sector has been greatly impacted and has experienced a significant decline in business travel.

However, I believe that SMEs will be a key driver in the country’s travel recovery and will play an important role in giving the economy a much-needed boost.

Small businesses account for around 98 per cent of all Australian…


Added by Tom Walley on September 14, 2021 at 18:44 — No Comments

Full force denied: Commission rejects constructive dismissal claim after finding performance review process did not force employee to resign

For an employee to access the unfair dismissal jurisdiction, they must be “dismissed” from their employment by the employer. In some instances, a resignation can be a “dismissal”, when an employee is forced to resign due to the employer’s conduct. This is referred to as a “constructive dismissal”. 

In the recent decision of Burgess v Optus Administration Pty Ltd T/A Optus [2021] FWC 4459, the Fair Work…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on September 9, 2021 at 17:46 — No Comments

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