When considering claims of adverse action under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (the FW Act) a key focus of inquiry is the actual reasons of the decision-maker for engaging in the action.
The Federal Court of Australia recently considered this point in determining whether a major law firm engaged in adverse action in contravention of the FW Act when it dismissed a lawyer who had publicly criticised the law firm’s clients, being two Commonwealth Government…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on October 9, 2019 at 10:48 — No Comments
One of the National Employment Standards (NES) under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) is the entitlement for employees in particular circumstances to request a flexible working arrangement with their employer. Such requests can only be refused by employers on reasonable business grounds.
An employer’s refusal of a flexible working arrangement request was recently considered by the Fair Work Commission (the FWC) in Phillips v…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on October 9, 2019 at 10:44 — No Comments
A bottle shop attendant in Cairns was recently awarded compensation in excess of $39,000 after she was dismissed for being pregnant (Leutton v Sheralee Hotels Pty Ltd Trading As Imperial Tavern & Ors  FCCA 2471).
The employee was working in the drive through bottle shop of a tavern when she was informed by her doctor that, because of her pregnancy, she should not lift more than 5kg.
Following her visit to her doctor, the employee attended a meeting with the…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on October 9, 2019 at 10:00 — No Comments
For many businesses, one of the critical HR questions is whether investigations into alleged employee misconduct or misbehaviour should be outsourced or conducted in-house.
Depending on the nature of the business and the complaint, it may not always be appropriate or cost-effective for investigations to be referred externally.
However, in other circumstances, particularly when the allegations…Continue
Added by Vince Scopelliti on October 3, 2019 at 17:43 — No Comments
Often organisation’s make the move to the total cloud environment primarily for systems and cost savings reasons, but promotional products company, Legendlife.com.au, migrated to a total cloud environment to help solve staff frustration with lack of productivity as a result of poor IT solutions.
Legendlife.com.au CEO, Allan Murray said that they were facing staff resignations as result of the frustration with their IT systems.
“Even basic services such as email and printing…Continue
Added by Andrew Tucker on October 2, 2019 at 11:00 — No Comments
On occasion, police will become involved and/or need to be involved in the allegations from a workplace matter. In this situation, it's important for employers to know what their obligations are, and to be aware of some of the challenges that can arise.
So, let's take a look at when police are or may need to be called in and what should happen once they are.
Added by Vince Scopelliti on September 25, 2019 at 12:53 — No Comments
Do you lack confidence as a leader? It’s a common problem, and something we’ve seen more and more of lately.
Many new and developing leaders think they’re not good enough, and don’t have all the tools and resources to lead confidently. But it is possible to build your confidence and bridge that gap to improve as a people leader.
We’re sharing how to do just that.
Added by Jan Terkelsen on September 25, 2019 at 10:31 — No Comments
A company is only as good as the employees it keeps. No matter how good your equipment is, no matter how strong your marketing efforts are, you need people to run things. Good electronics and software won’t mean much if you don’t have people who can use them. And the best…Continue
Added by Emily Wilson on September 24, 2019 at 20:57 — No Comments
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A NSW scaffolding business has been convicted and fined after it pleaded guilty to an offence under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW) (WHS Act) (SafeWork NSW v Sydney Hoist and Scaffolding Pty Ltd  NSWDC 442).
The Sydney-based scaffolding business pleaded guilty to failing to comply with its primary duty under s19 of the WHS Act, when it exposed workers to a risk of death or serious injury.
The incident that resulted…
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on September 24, 2019 at 16:30 — No Comments
To have a successful organisation, there are a lot of factors business owners and managers have to pay attention to, from having all the finances in place to make sure their product/service is top-notch and exactly what the customers need. However, one crucial aspect that cannot be forgotten under no circumstances are the employees.
The staff is what keeps the operation going and running smoothly. To attract top…Continue
Added by Emily Wilson on September 23, 2019 at 18:35 — No Comments
The workplace is a melting pot of people with different personalities, personal values, past experiences and levels of maturity in self awareness and emotional intelligence. This means that each colleague will react to situations in different ways according to their fears and subconscious protection mechanisms.
Unfortunately this means that some of your colleagues will react inappropriately and this will be demonstrated in various ways. Some reactionary behaviours can be very subtle…Continue
Added by Catherine Gillespie on September 23, 2019 at 12:00 — No Comments
You might already be in a position of leadership, or you might have recently been promoted or put yourself forward for a new role. Whatever stage of leadership you’re in, it’s time to change your strategy.
Being a leader requires next-level thinking. You need to prepare mentally, physically and emotionally. What got you to this position of leadership isn’t going to create the thinking that you need to perform at your best.
Added by Jan Terkelsen on September 23, 2019 at 12:00 — No Comments
While 1 in 8 is the official figure for the number of Australian employees who are carers, it is likely that this is an under representation as many carers don’t identify as one. This is particularly so for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and for Aboriginal Australians.
It is important that…Continue
Added by Rachel Matheson on September 20, 2019 at 13:00 — No Comments
A growing number of employees, especially millennials, is taking their dogs to work because there are more companies today offering pet-friendly working environment. Pets are actually good for the mental health of the employees but it's necessary to train your dog for the office so…Continue
Added by Emma Williams on September 19, 2019 at 19:57 — No Comments
The most vulnerable members of our society are generally those with disabilities, the very young and the elderly. People who are vulnerable are at greater risk of being abused or otherwise mistreated, especially in residential care facilities. This is currently being made distressingly clear at the aged care Royal Commission.
We discuss what elder abuse in care looks like, how it can occur and what factors can make…Continue
Added by Vince Scopelliti on September 18, 2019 at 16:44 — No Comments
For the past 5 years, The Agile Eleven has been using a goal-setting tool popularised by Google called Objectives & Key Results (OKRs). Why do we use it? To drive organisational alignment to help achieve our goals and vision. OKRs are so ingrained in our culture and ways of working that we have been implementing it with our clients, and have even started using them as part of our…Continue
Added by Katya Noble on September 17, 2019 at 16:30 — No Comments
Feeling overwhelmed by your workload is a common, mortifying feeling. It’s easy to get caught up and take on much more than what could be handled, especially if you really care and are invested in you work.
When valuable time is wasted stressing over imminent deadlines, incomplete tasks start to pile up. It’s beneficial to take a moment and address the situation before the work tasks get too out of control.
Here are five simple steps to stay organised in taking control of an…Continue
Added by Belinda Lyone on September 17, 2019 at 11:30 — No Comments
A workplace investigation can be a traumatic and emotional event for everyone involved.
Let's take a look at how an organisation can move forward after a workplace investigation, regardless of whether the complaint has been upheld or if any disciplinary action has been taken.
After the investigative…Continue
Added by Vince Scopelliti on September 11, 2019 at 11:30 — No Comments
Studies show that there is still a severe lack of women in senior roles in Australia. There is a huge gender pay gap, and we still see discrimination in the workplace. But how can individual women cut through these infuriating statistics and break into the C-suite? We wrote up an inspiring talk by the Head of Video at Twitter, Lottie Laws on how she managed it.
Wife. Mother. Ex-Premier League Basketballer, regional Volleyballer and…
Added by Sara Kaplan on September 10, 2019 at 16:00 — No Comments