Featured Blog Posts – March 2020 Archive (9)

Working from home bullying part 2 - social media

The Rolling Stones told us that Time is on my side, yes it is”  and with people working from home they may be right. 

People with more time on their hands combined with the social isolation that comes from working from home or being in lockdown can find themselves becoming frustrated which in turn can lead to people saying and doing things on social media that they might regret…


Added by Phil O'Brien on March 24, 2020 at 11:30 — No Comments

Working from home workplace bullying

Working from home workplace bullying – I have conducted numerous investigations where emails have been the source of the issues that are claimed as being workplace bullying.

With more and more people working from home as a result of COVID 19, businesses, employers and managers are going to be more dependent on the use of email to communicate. It is important to remember that an email cannot express the sentiment behind it and can be easily misinterpreted.

The investigations I…


Added by Phil O'Brien on March 23, 2020 at 10:30 — No Comments

Substantive, Not Superficial: A Call to Improved Procedural Fairness

The FWC recently found SA CARE’s dismissal of a casual disability care worker to be unfair and ordered compensation.

The employee in question was warned off tube-feeding clients due to her lack of certification. In response, she advised that she had been signed off on two appropriate training courses,…


Added by Vince Scopelliti on March 17, 2020 at 9:50 — No Comments

Difficult Conversations Part 3

This is the third blog on the subject of difficult conversations. You can read the first article here and the second article…


Added by Catherine Gillespie on March 13, 2020 at 8:00 — No Comments

You’re a liability: “all reasonable steps” and vicarious liability

Federal and State anti-discrimination legislation makes it unlawful for employers to discriminate against or harass a person in their employment. The legislation also places liability on employers for the discriminatory conduct of their employees.

This means that if an employee is found to have acted in breach of…

Added by Shane Koelmeyer on March 11, 2020 at 9:44 — No Comments

Embrace the critic. Hug them close. They may just be a hidden gem!

Eye roll as “colleague negative” rolls out their tried and tested criticism of any change or approach!!…


Added by Zandy Fell on March 5, 2020 at 6:00 — No Comments

6 Steps to Empowering Women In Leadership Roles

Today, women are closing the gender gap with men to hold leadership roles. They are closing racial and cultural gaps too. Many female leaders are climbing the corporate ladder to become the chief executive officer (CEOs) of the most prestigious companies across the globe. 6.6% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women as of 2019, that is, 33 women CEOs, Market…


Added by Ariaa Reeds on March 3, 2020 at 20:47 — No Comments

How was I supposed to know? Employers’ consultation obligations when implementing major workplace change

When an employer is required to make changes to the workplace which are likely to have significant effects on employees, the employer must ensure that it meets any consultation obligations which might apply under various laws and industrial instruments prior to implementing any redundancies that might arise.

For example, all modern awards and enterprise agreements will contain comprehensive requirements for…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on March 3, 2020 at 9:46 — No Comments

The high life: Unfair dismissal and calculating the high income threshold

In the reporting year 2018/2019, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) received 13,928 unfair dismissal applications. Undoubtedly, unfair dismissal applications are amongst the most common received by the FWC.

The success or otherwise of an unfair dismissal application depends on many factors but one of the most basic considerations is whether or not the employee making the application is entitled to…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on March 3, 2020 at 9:33 — No Comments

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