May 2020 Blog Posts (22)

How to leverage the gig economy in the face of recession

By January 2023, 34% of all jobs will be provided by the gig economy according to statistics released in January 2019 (Robert Half)

For years there have been concerns about the casualisation of work and the resulting disempowerment of labour. Recent events during the COVID-19 crises have highlighted the flimsy rights of the casual workforce. In Australia, the recent case of WorkPack Pty Ltd vs Rossato [2020] FCAFC 84  clarified the distinction between permanent and casual employees…

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Added by Harriet Witchell on May 29, 2020 at 15:00 — No Comments

Workplace bullying in the time of COVID-19

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Added by David Sorauer on May 22, 2020 at 11:30 — No Comments

Five Effective Communication Strategies for Diverse Teams

In today’s workplaces, it’s common to find team members from all different parts of the world. The biggest challenge of managing cross-cultural teams is to ensure that no team members' contributions, skills and talents are hidden under cultural differences. Immigrants have always been a critical part of Australia’s workforce and their contribution is growing at a steady pace.…

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Added by Laura Massey on May 21, 2020 at 21:04 — No Comments

The Future of Working from Home

Tips for working from home effectively

Some people fantasise about working from the comfort of their own home. Whilst for others, it can set off alarm bells and a sense of dread. 

Whether your working from home situation is temporary or permanent, it's normal for anyone to take time to adjust to their new surroundings and adapt to the lack of colleagues walking around.

With more businesses offering employees the opportunity to work from home, what’s the real future of…

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Added by Amy Vu on May 21, 2020 at 11:50 — No Comments

Strategic Planning & The Future of Work and Workplaces

In a recent Forbes article Tracey Brower made ‘5 Predictions About How Coronavirus Will Change The Future Of Work’.



One prediction is that ‘Your…

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Added by Catherine Gillespie on May 21, 2020 at 11:30 — No Comments

Eating out: Full Bench find UberEats delivery driver not an employee

In a significant recent decision, the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) held that an UberEats delivery driver was not an employee, with the majority finding that the delivery driver was in fact an independent contractor (Gupta v Portier Pacific Pty Ltd; Uber Australia Pty Ltd t/a Uber Eats [2020] FWCFB 1698).



The delivery driver made an application to the FWC alleging that…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on May 20, 2020 at 12:19 — No Comments

Taking the high ground: FWC upholds dismissal of employee who stored marijuana equipment in the workplace

In deciding whether to take disciplinary action against an employee, it is important for employers to ensure that the employee is given a reasonable opportunity to provide a response or explanation before a final decision is made, particularly when it concerns matters that could result in summary dismissal.


This requirement for procedural fairness can prove to be difficult if an employee, when faced with…
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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on May 20, 2020 at 12:07 — No Comments

Cover me: Dismissed department Head fails in bid to be covered by modern award

The unfair dismissal provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) provide a mechanism by which employees who have been unfairly dismissed can seek a remedy through the Fair Work Commission (FWC). However, not all employees will be protected from unfair dismissal and able to make a claim.…
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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on May 20, 2020 at 12:00 — No Comments

Re-Entry without burning up

Re-entry without burning up

When a spacecraft re-enters the atmosphere, they have to get the speed and angle just right if they are to avoid burning up. We suggest this will also be the case when re-entering the workplace. Too much, too soon, and you’ll risk having a bunch of anxious and unhappy team members. You will need to have the right things in place, and the…

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Added by Suzanne Gavrilovic on May 18, 2020 at 11:43 — No Comments

The system is broken

Like most HR professionals, I have been on the dishing out end of grievances, disciplinary processes and investigations. As a licensed private investigator, I now investigate harassment, bullying and other complaints when required by clients. So I know my way around the law and the standard HR policies.

The standard code of conduct and ways of working policies have a dual purpose - to establish the framework for appropriate behaviours and to protect the organisation in the event that…

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Added by Tammy Tansley on May 17, 2020 at 16:48 — No Comments

Cultural Plasticity - How well have you adapted?

Those of us who can have now been working from home for close to a month so it’s time to assess, how well have you adapted? Organisations with “Cultural Plasticity” can adapt easily to change. These organisations are doing better than others in holding connection and engaging their employees.

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Added by Suzanne Gavrilovic on May 13, 2020 at 9:27 — 1 Comment

Business as unusual. Re-engaging teams in a post-Covid-19 workplace.

In the last few weeks there have been signs from both Federal and State Governments that Australia may soon start to emerge from the worst of the Covid-19 crisis. While there’s still much uncertainty – and no guarantee there won’t be more twists and turns – the roadmap for the easing of restrictions in coming months makes it an entirely…

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Added by Debbie Morrison on May 12, 2020 at 16:29 — No Comments

Fake news: Union ordered to pay $3 million for spurious safety claims

The regulation of industrial action in Australia is complex. Whilst there is a need to acknowledge the rights of employees to engage in industrial action, the overall effect of industrial action on an employer’s business operations cannot be understated. Strikes or work stoppages and delays can have serious financial and reputational consequences for a business.…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on May 12, 2020 at 15:31 — No Comments

Blame game: Experience of worker no excuse for not complying with work health and safety duty

In R v Sapform Pty Ltd [2020] NSWDC 86, the NSW District Court (the Court) has criticised a formwork company for attempting to blame a worker who died after he was impaled by a metal bar when he fell from a height.  The company was convicted and fined $450,000 for a Category 2 offence for the fatality.…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on May 12, 2020 at 13:08 — No Comments

Vexed variation: The FWC, COVID-19 and variations to redundancy pay

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has a vital role to play in the management of the current COVID-19 pandemic as it continues to impact employment relationships across the country.


One aspect of the FWC’s role is the determination of applications by employers to reduce the amount of redundancy pay payable to employees.


In making such…
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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on May 12, 2020 at 12:47 — No Comments

Opportunities of online meetings

Key Points:

  • Online meetings have led to lots of changes
  • Two positive opportunities are:
    • The chance for…
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Added by Tony Fell on May 12, 2020 at 6:00 — No Comments

"Seven commandments" for managing a remote workforce

Due to the measures taken by the Australian Government in regards to COVID-19, the prospect of managing a remote workforce has become a real proposition for most organisations at the moment. 

Here at Weploy we have formed an internal COVID-19 Response Management team that meets on a daily basis to review new information; re-evaluate our protocols to appropriately reflect the current state of the health concern in each of…

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Added by Sara Kaplan on May 8, 2020 at 18:30 — No Comments

Remote Communication – Best practice tips for staying productive, engaged and connected

Remote teams are the future of work. The Global Mobile Workforce Forecast Update estimates that over 40% of the world’s working population will be mobile by 2022. In highly developed countries, the figures could soon reach 75% (International Data Council (IDC)).

With social isolation measures in the management of Coronavirus, remote communication is now more important than ever. The way that we have been compelled to quickly embrace remote communication means that it has not been…

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Added by David Sorauer on May 6, 2020 at 17:30 — No Comments

Is COVID-19 the same for everyone? The unevenness impact

With COVID-19 in full swing, there’s a lovely sentiment that ‘we’re all in this together’, but is that really true? Is COVID-19 – or any pandemic or national crisis – really the same for everyone, or does it hit some of us worse than others?

Some Background

Diversity as we see it, is the range of human difference and…

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Added by Sally Woolford on May 6, 2020 at 14:31 — No Comments

Your Home Office Checklist

A calm, quiet and safe space from which to work is a basic right for each and every one of our Weployees, but at the moment we’re having to create these spaces for ourselves, at home.

 

Unfortunately we don’t have Office Admin staff, cleaners or receptionists to help us recreate the same environments we’re used to in the workplace, and there are things we cannot always control when it comes to our home environments... but we aim to set everyone within our community up for…

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Added by Sara Kaplan on May 5, 2020 at 18:30 — No Comments

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