August 2020 Blog Posts (12)

Workplace Sexual Harassment 2020

Workplace Sexual Harassment 2020 – Recently it was reported on the ABC that Workplace sexual harassment reports are rising during coronavirus and working from home may be a reason. 

The article stated, coronavirus, working from home and recent high-profile cases are encouraging more women to come forward and revealing the true extent of Australia’s sexual harassment problem, authorities have said that Law firms say they are being swamped with workplace sexual harassment…


Added by Phil O'Brien on August 28, 2020 at 12:26 — No Comments

Two Key Legislative Updates

A key component of our service offering is to assist our clients to meet the legislative requirements in managing their people.  Here we share two recent legislative updates which have had potentially far-reaching implications for employers. 

Personal Leave – What Defines a ‘Day’?

Employers would be…


Added by Nick Hedges on August 26, 2020 at 14:11 — No Comments

Defining Success in Workplace Conflict

You can define success in workplace conflict

Success in workplace conflict comes in many shapes and sizes.  Sometimes it is two people walking out from a conversation ‘holding hands’ – socially distanced of course!  Other times there is an acknowledgement and agreement to new ways of working together,…


Added by Tony Fell on August 24, 2020 at 14:56 — No Comments

The Role Of Generosity In Mediation

At some point in a mediation, one person will ‘shift’ from presenting and defending their perspective to genuinely acknowledging the hurt, frustration, loss or other feeling of pain being expressed by the other.

To ‘move’ from a place of focusing only on one’s own opinions and perspectives, a place that has been a type of sanctuary for certainty and therefore comfort, requires one to lower their defenses and to step outside of their view of the past, which they may…


Added by Catherine Gillespie on August 21, 2020 at 11:03 — No Comments

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace – Prevention and Response


Added by David Sorauer on August 18, 2020 at 16:37 — No Comments

8 Easy Ways to Make Your Business Stand Out From the Crowd

It's not easy to be unique and special in the world of business. When people focus on success, they can forget that one of the thongs that will make you more successful than ever is the originality. Whatever you do, you need to keep it in mind that your brand should be something…


Added by Emma Williams on August 14, 2020 at 17:29 — No Comments

Draw the line: Managing employee conduct and behaviour in the workplace

Managing employee conduct and behaviour can be a challenge. The question of what is appropriate and what is not appropriate in the workplace will depend on a variety of factors, including the industry in which the employees work, the overall culture of the workplace and community standards at any given time.

In claims…

Added by Shane Koelmeyer on August 11, 2020 at 17:08 — No Comments

All in good fun: Company vicariously liable for injury resulting from skylarking supervisor

Enjoying the company of your colleagues is something most people hope to find in the workplace. It can make work much more enjoyable and lead to lasting friendships. However, fun in the workplace can cross a line when it takes the form of dangerous skylarking or roughhousing.

Dangerous behaviour by colleagues can pose…

Added by Shane Koelmeyer on August 11, 2020 at 17:01 — No Comments

Below not above: Salary reduction brought employee under high income threshold

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has significantly impacted the financial stability of many businesses. Employers have had to make difficult decisions and implement different measures to ensure the ongoing viability of their businesses. Some of these measures have included asking employees to agree to temporary reductions in their hours of work or to a reduction in their remuneration.…

Added by Shane Koelmeyer on August 11, 2020 at 16:51 — No Comments

Tired of jugging? Why smart managers are outsourcing their HR

Are you a juggler? Perhaps you’re a plate-spinner? Spot fire putter-outer-er? Or maybe a furious water treader? Whichever metaphor you prefer, it’s a common management dilemma right across Australia. Seemingly infinite responsibilities, counter-balanced by a decidedly finite amount of time and money to address them. No…


Added by Debbie Morrison on August 11, 2020 at 15:30 — No Comments

Who's on your bus?

Zandy and I were lucky enough last week to attend a global forum hearing Jim Collins of Good to Great fame. There were so many poignant messages for us all during this time of global uncertainty. However, there was one overpowering classic Collins idea that is just so applicable…


Added by Tony Fell on August 11, 2020 at 14:36 — No Comments

Serious Misconduct - Summary dismissal

Serious misconduct - In light of the Ivance Cuculoski v Australian Transit Group T/A Buswest [2020] FWC 3361 (30 June 2020) decision at the Fair Work Commission, I think it's time to review Serious Misconduct and Summary Dismissal. Full case here

Summary dismissal is dismissal without notice. It does not require advance notice to the…


Added by Phil O'Brien on August 3, 2020 at 14:00 — No Comments

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