When conducting investigations in the workplace, senior staff and human resource managers often have to deal with uncooperative respondents.
Understandably, this can significantly hamper the progress of the investigation.
There are many ways in which the smooth running of an investigation can be negatively affected…Continue
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Does your business have more than 100 employees?
Is your revenue in excess of $50 million?
Do you have gross assets worth more than $25 million?
If so, a potentially dangerous regulation is coming on 1 July 2019. They are the new whistleblower laws.
The new whistleblower laws are a commonwealth amendment (Treasury Laws Amendment [Enhancing Whistleblower Protections] Act 2019). These new laws are designed to expand whistleblower protection and…
Added by Jonathan Mamaril on May 28, 2019 at 16:30 — No Comments
Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP) is the most misused and least understood business phrases out there. Ask five different people what SWP is to them and you will end up with seven different answers. Responses may range from rostering, project management, and recruitment pipelining to financial headcount forecasting.
SWP does provide input into each of those elements, but it is so much more. At the heart of SWP is the translation of business strategy into workforce implications, in a…Continue
Added by Alicia Roach on May 28, 2019 at 15:00 — No Comments
One of your employees has resigned and now they’re accusing you of unfair dismissal! Why?
When your employee resigns, beware. There may be reasons behind their resignation that you are not aware of and a claim for ‘constructive dismissal’ may be on the horizon.
Generally, constructive dismissal occurs when the employer ignores or violates the contract of employment, creating an environment that the employee reasonably finds intolerable or untenable.
Added by Natalie Thomasen on May 27, 2019 at 13:00 — No Comments
Having your own business doesn’t mean you can and should everything on your own. There are some aspects of your business that you simply can’t handle yourself and are better to be done by an expert. For this reason, you should know the right time to hire an attorney and the right ways to find a reliable one.
Added by Mike Parsons on May 24, 2019 at 22:58 — No Comments
Australian’s have some of the worst heart health statistics in the world. According to the most recent released data by AIHW, heart disease is the leading cause of death in Australia. It has also been reported as many as 30,000 sudden cardiac arrests take place in Australia each year.
Cardiac arrest often has no warnings, and can strike at any time. It is the abrupt loss of heart function and if appropriate steps aren’t taken immediately, it can be fatal.
As we spend an average…Continue
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Good, quality employees are hard to find. They are even harder to lose. All business owners realize sooner or later that employee turnover can cost not only money but also time and effort. It is hard for a modern business to differentiate itself from the competition in terms of what it is offering to its employees. It…Continue
Added by Daniel Brown on May 22, 2019 at 23:57 — No Comments
One of the more difficult aspects of managing an employment relationship is appropriately dealing with complaints, both from the perspective of the complainant and the accused. This is made even more complicated when a reluctant complainant brings something to the attention of Human Resources or management, then does not want it investigated.
We examine why a complainant might not want to take an issue further, and…Continue
Added by Vince Scopelliti on May 22, 2019 at 17:23 — No Comments
As a recruiter, your applicant tracking system (ATS) is one of your most important tools. Without one, it would be exponentially more difficult and time consuming to track all of the applications that are coming in, pull critical information from those applications, and find the right applicant info for…Continue
Added by Damian Samoila on May 21, 2019 at 22:12 — No Comments
When being a business owner or a manager, your job is not only to take care of the financial aspects of the organisation. One of the main things you will deal with is employee stress, which occurs for many different reasons. Here are a couple of ways to encourage a stress-free environment at the office.
You need to take into…Continue
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A recent decision of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has reminded employers of the importance of taking a measured and consistent approach to enforcing workplace policies and procedures – particularly those relating to work health and safety.
In Cordowiner v Ashton Coal Operations Pty Ltd  FWC 2525, the FWC ordered an employer to withdraw a formal warning that it had issued to an employee following a safety breach, because its supervisors had condoned the conduct to the…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on May 20, 2019 at 9:34 — No Comments
When employees clash it can sometimes result in claims that one or both are bullying the other. When emotions are running high and differences are unable to be resolved, employees often turn to the anti-bullying jurisdiction of the Fair Work Commission (FWC).
Under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act), the FWC can hear a bullying claim and make any orders it considers necessary (other than orders involving monetary compensation) to stop bullying from continuing. Before…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on May 20, 2019 at 9:27 — No Comments
The model Work Health and Safety Act (Model Act) imposes a duty on officers to exercise due diligence to ensure that the person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) complies with safety duties.
In SafeWork NSW v Macquarie Milling Co Pty Limited; SafeWork NSW v Samuels  NSWDC 111, a company and its sole director pleaded guilty to, and were convicted of, failing to comply with their duties to a worker, including a failing on the part of the director to…Continue
Added by Shane Koelmeyer on May 20, 2019 at 9:00 — No Comments
Considering running an online business startup is not as simple as people believe. Just like any business, even the one online requires dedication and time in order to be a successful venture. There are certain steps to follow to develop your online business and this beginners guide will help you right from the start.
Added by Mike Parsons on May 19, 2019 at 0:36 — No Comments
Noise in the workplace is one of the most efficient productivity killers there is. Not only that but it’s also one of the easiest ways to cause misinterpretations around the place. Moreover, a scenario in which it’s difficult to hear is usually not the one where people feel comfortable talking. Just think about it, is a nightclub a perfect place for a conversation? Of course not. Even though this comparison might not be that fair, you still get the point. As…Continue
Added by Emily Wilson on May 15, 2019 at 23:00 — No Comments
Like schoolyard bullying, workplace bullying is far from a new phenomenon. When people who may not have much in common outside work are thrust together on a daily basis, there are bound to be disputes, friction and potentially even outright hostility.
Of course, any serious matters need to be dealt with by conducting a thorough workplace investigation. Recently, our investigators have noticed a number of trends in…Continue
Added by Vince Scopelliti on May 15, 2019 at 11:09 — No Comments
Let’s say you’re a scrappy young startup. You’ve got an innovative product and a dedicated team. While you’re certainly not working out of your friend’s garage anymore, you’re still in a pretty small, bare-bones office space without too many frills—which is just as well, because there aren’t too many people around to appreciate those frills. This is all well and good for now, but you know that it’s not going to be this way forever. Heck, maybe it’s not even going to be this…Continue
Added by Damian Samoila on May 14, 2019 at 1:00 — No Comments
For employers, the completion of a workplace investigation can feel like the end of a marathon. The relevant issues have been aired and discussed, a report delivered and decisions made. However, it is also important to effectively share relevant information with affected parties and the broader organisation as the investigation process draws to a close.
It is likely that employees and other stakeholders affected by…Continue
Added by Vince Scopelliti on May 8, 2019 at 13:30 — No Comments
At this point, we’ve all heard the statistics: more diverse teams promote internal innovation, improve sales, and develop better products. You don’t necessarily need a reason to strive for inclusiveness in the workplace, but there are plenty of them to choose from. In spite of this fact, many or even most businesses are still struggling to create diverse workforces. This can be attributed to a whole host of factors, from work environment to historical factors, but on some…Continue
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