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Pistol Pete: Employee who brought firearms and explosives to workplace not unfairly dismissed

We all have different hobbies, activities or interests we want to share with our friends and colleagues. However, not all interests are appropriate for the workplace.

In Rodger v ACT Government – Transport Canberra and City Services T/A ACTION [2018] FWC 6970, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) held that an employee’s conduct in bringing ornamental duelling pistols and inert booster charges in to work to show his colleagues created a risk to safety and…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on December 14, 2018 at 15:06 — No Comments

In conTEXT – FWC finds employee not dismissed by text message

Under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), an employee is only protected from unfair dismissal if the employee is actually dismissed. Section 386 of the FW Act sets out the meaning of “dismissed” for this purpose and states that a person has been dismissed if their employment has been terminated on the employer’s initiative or if the person was forced to resign because of the conduct of the employer.

In most cases, it is clear when an employee is dismissed or has resigned.…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on December 14, 2018 at 15:00 — No Comments

The Big Problem with Workplace Germs and How to Fix it

In a busy workplace, germs are present on every surface. We spend so much time at work, and around our co-workers that it just makes good sense for us to protect ourselves from germs and bacteria, especially those causing colds and flu.

Read on for a few hints and tips for protecting yourself and others while at work.

Antibacterial Surface Wipes – the growing popularity of hot desking in recent years should put these at the top of your workplace “must-haves”…

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Added by Belinda Lyone on December 14, 2018 at 14:17 — No Comments

NDIS coverage explained

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way for all Australians to fund through their disabilities. It provides funds based on the individual’s goals and needs. What is considered ‘reasonable and necessary’ is covered in this program. The necessary support to help you reach your desired goals and aspirations is there, as well as increasing social and economic participation. To put it bluntly, the NDIS will not pay for our groceries, but will for a person to take us…

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Added by Daniel Brown on December 13, 2018 at 21:30 — No Comments

Disrupting the ‘HR-Business’ Model: Redrawing the boundaries of where HR fits in the business

A few years ago, I attended a workshop exploring how HR could become more relevant and ‘get a seat at the table’.

Typically, we explored what the problem was with HR and how we could ‘fix’ it. In the final plenary session, sitting in a wide circle of 50 executives, we were sharing insights and learnings from the day. The head of a retail division of a company (a non-HR Exec) said,

“I get this, because I used to work in HR, then a few years ago, I got out of HR and went into…

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Added by Joan Lurie on December 13, 2018 at 14:30 — No Comments

Dealing with Absconding Staff over Christmas

The Christmas period tends to bring out the best- and worst - in people. It is a time of year filled with parties, merriment, laughter, great weather and a lot of socialising. 

But Christmas can also be a challenging time in the workplace, as employees may engage in inappropriate conduct at work related social events, may suffer the after-effects of excessive partying or may be generally less…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on December 13, 2018 at 8:21 — No Comments

3 Reasons Why Everyone Should Have a Personal Brand by Career Coach, Thai Ngo

Thai Ngo is a recruiter, coach and speaker. The founder of Melbourne based career coaching company The Careerists, Thai is passionate about helping people succeed and uses his 11 years expertise in the workplace to help people succeed in getting that dream job.…

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Added by Sara Kaplan on December 12, 2018 at 9:19 — No Comments

All I want for Christmas is … HR Compliance!

Part 1 – The Holidays Are Upon Us!

Welcome to Part 1 of our 2-Part End of Year Blog Series. If you’re anything like us, Christmas has certainly snuck up on you this year… who can believe 2018 is almost over?! We’ve written this blog series to support…

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Added by Julia Fiore on December 11, 2018 at 9:19 — No Comments

Tips For An Eco-Friendly Facility


Tips For An Eco-Friendly Facility from Litetronics

Added by Dan Dulik on December 8, 2018 at 0:51 — No Comments

Protecting Whistleblowers: Are You Ready for the Changes?

With new whistleblower protections to take effect in early 2019, it is essential that organisations understand the broad legislative changes to the Corporations Act 2001 due to be debated in Parliament. In addition to the requirement for formal mechanisms and strategies to protect and assist whistleblowers, both public and large private corporations will need to be…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on December 5, 2018 at 13:00 — No Comments

Why are people so interested in future proofing their careers?

What happened?

I recently posted an article on LinkedIn called  “How to future proof your career” that clearly hit a nerve with many people around the world. My focus was on the threat posed by technology impacting a range of careers and how to use a 5 step pivot…

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Added by Karen Schmidt on December 5, 2018 at 12:11 — No Comments

How to avoid a work Christmas function disaster

Just like the rest of us, you are probably wondering ‘where has the year gone’? It’s that time of the year where workers are looking forward to a well-deserved break and to spend quality time with family/friends. No doubt, it is also that time of the year where most employers are biting their nails hoping for Christmas parties to not turn into a disaster. This article will cover some of the basic tips for employers to meet their legal and moral obligations.…

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Added by Emir Montazer (CAHRI) on December 3, 2018 at 10:02 — No Comments

Perfectionism vs People Leading: Is It Good Or Bad For Your Career?

For some, being a perfectionist is seen as a good thing. For others, it’s a bad trait to have. We all have some understanding of what it means to be a perfectionist, but there’s more to it than meets the eye. So today we’re chatting about what perfectionism actually means, based on the research of Human Synergistics, which has been going on for around 40 years.

Perfectionism is on our radar because we’re seeing a lot of it…

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Added by Jan Terkelsen on December 3, 2018 at 9:30 — No Comments

Navigating The Hidden Job Market

The current job market is full of opportunities, but as with everything in this modern world, it’s constantly changing and evolving. Because of this, the way recruiters carry out their candidate search is also changing, which means the way you carry out your job search should change too.

Whether you’re looking for the same job in the same industry, or looking to branch out to a new challenge in a new sector, or somewhere in between, you need to take a different…

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Added by Richard Triggs on December 3, 2018 at 9:30 — No Comments

7 tips to help boost office productivity

Staying productive can be a challenge. Every time the work day ends odds are you feel unsatisfied with what you’ve accomplished.

In your quest for improved productivity it is inevitable you’ll encounter factors that may weaken or extinguish your motivation and dampen productivity. We can help combat these problems with a combination of intelligent planning and focused efforts.

Here are seven tips to help you improve your productivity in the office.

1. Streamline…

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Added by Belinda Lyone on November 29, 2018 at 15:26 — No Comments

“We Want Training!”: When Client Expectations Stop L&D From Modernising

One of the most common phrases I hear from L&D professionals is:

“We want to modernise and use more digital but our clients expect, and just ask for, training.”

So, how do you change their minds to be able do something else – something more effective – instead?

The short answer…

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Added by Kiren Kahlon on November 28, 2018 at 19:34 — No Comments

How to Prepare for a Difficult Conversation

Engaging in a difficult workplace conversation is one of those tasks that most managers and business owners would prefer to avoid. Yet the reality is that from time to time, workplace behaviour or performance will be below par and will need to be addressed. 

The key to conducting a challenging…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on November 28, 2018 at 11:37 — No Comments

The 7 Jobs you Should be Outsourcing Right Now

No matter the size, all businesses have those admin tasks that are at once important, not urgent, and also really boring. There’s two options, you could

a) bump these tasks down the to-do list indefinitely, or

b) move away from the work you actually enjoy (and what you get paid for) to get them done yourself.

As a…

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Added by Sara Kaplan on November 28, 2018 at 8:00 — No Comments

A disciplinary action guide for underperformers

No doubt, we all cringe when we need to deal with an underperformer in the workplace. However, it’s important to note that managing an underperformer is common practice which most, if not all employers have to deal with at some stage. If not handled properly, it can lead to a disaster which can tarnish the reputation, viability and profitability of the employer’s business. Therefore, it is critical for employers to have proper disciplinary action policies/procedures in place to avoid any…

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Added by Emir Montazer (CAHRI) on November 25, 2018 at 19:15 — No Comments

Establishing Your Own RTO Agency - What You Need To Know

There are approximately 5,000 registered training organizations in Australia according to the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). It is the fastest growing industry, by far. Many students are interested in mostly vocational education courses. These courses along with all the sought-after certifications are what Registered Training Organizations (RTOs) are offering. These institutions can offer many different types of certifications, from diplomas,…

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Added by Emily Wilson on November 23, 2018 at 22:22 — No Comments

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