October 2019 Blog Posts (15)

When a Pre-Determined View Leads to an Unfair Investigation

Procedural fairness must be top of mind, for all organisations when conducting a workplace investigation. Failing to allow an employee sufficient time to respond to an allegation or taking a pre-determined view of the outcome of an investigation, for example, proceeding with terminating employment, can leave an employer open to an unfair dismissal claim. 

The importance of observing all elements of procedural…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on October 31, 2019 at 15:16 — No Comments

Why face to face meetings may soon be a thing of the past

As technology continues to advance, businesses are ditching the face to face meetings and instead are opting for a video conference to save money, time, and the hassle of travelling.

There are many options for video meetings and conferences and the latest solution for businesses in Australia is a fully integrated version of Skype for Business.

Whilst Skype for Business has been on the market since 2015, there wasn’t any fully integrated options until now. Many cloud solutions,…

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Added by Andrew Tucker on October 31, 2019 at 12:30 — No Comments

Distinguishing parents and carers in the workplace, why it matters

Many workplaces have information, policies, portals and hubs for parents caring for children. Supporting families and developing family friendly workplaces is to be applauded. Parents and guardians who access parental leave are often classified as primary or secondary carers.

However, it is important to know that there is a large group of people who are carers (1 in 8 according to Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2015) that do not include parents (with some exceptions). Commonwealth…

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Added by Rachel Matheson on October 30, 2019 at 12:24 — No Comments

Let's talk about resilience

Resilient leaders are well aware that just like putting on your own oxygen mask before helping others, they need to care for themselves first.

So, how’re you tracking?

Are you busy being brave, stretching yourself too thin while struggling from within? Do your colleagues and peers think of you as a resilient leader? Does your team see you as professional, motivated, confident and focused, yet always approachable?

Change is undeniable, the pace is relentless and there’s…

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Added by Ricky Nowak on October 25, 2019 at 10:00 — No Comments

6 Ways to Make Your Home Office More Professional

Being your own boss and working from home comes with many great benefits. From creating your own schedule to not having to commute, it’s easy to see why a lot of people opt for this path.

However, there are also …

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Added by Emma Williams on October 24, 2019 at 0:03 — No Comments

How to Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Unfortunately, dealing with allegations of sexual harassment in the workplace is an issue for many employers. Sexual harassment can take many forms, and cases are rarely "open and shut".

Once allegations of sexual harassment or misconduct have been made, they must be appropriately investigated and dealt with. However, prevention is always better than cure.

Let's take a look at employer…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on October 16, 2019 at 17:00 — No Comments

Hidden Agenda

Will the real agenda please stand up!

One of the biggest contributors to mistrust between a staff member and their manager is the belief by the staff member that the manager has a hidden agenda.

The staff member doesn’t know what the manager’s hidden agenda is but they have such a strong suspicion that one exists they can almost become consumed by trying to work out what…

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Added by Catherine Gillespie on October 16, 2019 at 10:10 — No Comments

Top 5 Essential Tips to Build an Engaging HR Website

Every professional in Australia at some point in their career needs to turn to an HR professional. This is exactly why the HR industry is a high-involvement one and the demand for jobs in it continues to increase. The good news is, we live in the age of technology and…

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Added by Emma Lawson on October 11, 2019 at 22:00 — No Comments

How To Lead Employees Through A Company's Financial Crisis

In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, many companies found themselves in a situation they were completely unprepared for. In the chaos of the crashing economy, CEOs and other leaders were forced to make some hard decisions and, under the pressure, many of those decisions turned out to be wrong, especially those…

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Added by Veronica Steel on October 10, 2019 at 20:04 — No Comments

Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace

Employers understand that it is their responsibility to provide a safe workplace. Yet unlike physical health safety concerns and hazards such as lifting, tripping, sun exposure and dust reduction, many employers find themselves uncertain about how to support the mental health and wellbeing of their staff.

The first and most powerful antidote to this uncertainty is becoming informed. For business owners and managers,…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on October 9, 2019 at 13:48 — No Comments

Destructive criticism: Lawyer dismissed for publicly criticising clients

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…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on October 9, 2019 at 10:48 — No Comments

Please, please, please, let me get what I want: Employer’s refusal of flexible working arrangement was not a dismissal

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…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on October 9, 2019 at 10:44 — No Comments

One for my baby, and one more for the road: Drive through bottle shop attendant dismissed because of pregnancy

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 [2019] 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…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on October 9, 2019 at 10:00 — No Comments

Outsourcing or In-House Investigations?

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…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on October 3, 2019 at 17:43 — No Comments

Total Private Cloud Environment Solves Disgruntled Staff Situation

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…

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Added by Andrew Tucker on October 2, 2019 at 11:00 — No Comments

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