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Yes, yes, no: FWC rejects employee’s bid to reopen unfair dismissal claim after parties fail to sign terms

One of the first steps that the Fair Work Commission (FWC) takes when dealing with unfair dismissal claims is to require the parties to participate in a conciliation.

The purpose of a conciliation is to help the parties resolve the matter without the need go to a full hearing before a FWC member. In its most recent quarterly report on unfair dismissal applications, the FWC reported that about 59% of unfair dismissal claims were settled at…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on July 9, 2018 at 10:19 — No Comments

Take me to your leader: FWC Full Bench rejects Aldi’s EAs due to restrictive NERR

A recent decision of the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has once again confirmed that the precise content and form required for notices of employee representational rights is no trivial matter.

At the commencement of bargaining for a proposed enterprise agreement, employers are required to give relevant employees a notice of employee representational rights (NERR).

The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) is very specific about the…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on July 9, 2018 at 10:12 — No Comments

Welcome to the 21st Century: Social Media and Industrial Action

Most people use social media to keep in contact with family and friends, watch funny cat videos or to share a clever thought or pretty picture. However social media is also recognised as a powerful information sharing tool and many social movements are commenced and advanced online (think hashtags including #metoo, #loveislove).

It is not a surprise then that internet activism is also being utilised by employees in their industrial disputes. In June 2018, staff from the Bureau of…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on July 9, 2018 at 10:08 — No Comments


Worried about a termination turning into an unfair dismissal claim? You have nothing to worry about if all the right steps are taken and if the employee has been afforded with procedural fairness. 

One of the most fundamental duties for HR professionals and managers of any size organisation is when it’s time to…


Added by Emir Montazer (CAHRI) on July 9, 2018 at 9:30 — No Comments

What Is the Role of HR Department in Recruitment and Selection

Recruitment and selection of employees is not a simple and easy task. It demands knowledge of psychology, social studies and, of course, the industry those employees will perform their tasks. Additionally, you have to be acquainted with the educational system in your country and the country you’re hiring people from.

When you plan to hire someone from abroad, there are several factors that you have to think of.…


Added by Emily Wilson on July 5, 2018 at 10:00 — No Comments

Pinch of Thought - from BLOG to VLOG

A picture paints …….

I’ve been publishing the Pinch of Thought blog for a few years now. As regular readers know, a big part of playing the Influencer game is getting across new technology. Video is not new, but, it’s becoming increasingly important because most search engines now rank it above written blogs.

My (cunning) plan is to create a written blog each week and then a video version - generally released the following week. Below is the first version. So it’s…


Added by Mark Hodgson on July 4, 2018 at 22:30 — No Comments

The New and Improved High Performing Team Assessment Tool

The High Performing Team Assessment Tool (HPT) is one of our most downloaded resources. It’s so popular because it’s simple to use and benchmarks your team across eight critical areas, enabling you to easily measure improvements over time. At People Leaders, we’re also all about continuous improvement. That’s why we’ve revamped the HPT in line with feedback received and our own new learnings. In this post and …


Added by Jan Terkelsen on July 2, 2018 at 8:30 — No Comments

Need to build a talent pipeline? Where do we begin?

Need your talent pipeline well-stocked for the new financial year? It may seem like a distant dream however it’s NOT, only if you get the initial stages…


Added by Emir Montazer (CAHRI) on July 2, 2018 at 8:00 — No Comments

The Important Distinction Between ‘Digital’ and ‘Technology-Enabled’ Learning

We’ve used electronic technologies in L&D since the days of the overhead projector (see picture above), when we took pride in creating beautiful and alluring acetates to compliment our…


Added by Kiren Kahlon on June 27, 2018 at 19:04 — No Comments

Trapped in an evolutionary time-warp: how human genetics sabotage modern organisations

Trapped in an evolutionary time-warp: how human genetics sabotage modern organisations

“Thus, the task is, not so much to see what no one has yet seen; but to think what nobody has yet thought, about that which everybody sees.”

Arthur Schopenhauer: 1851

Modern organisations are a human creation.  This design is anchored by genetics and has prevailed for thousands of years. …


Added by Ian Plowman on June 25, 2018 at 16:12 — No Comments

How to avoid lawsuits from unsatisfied employees

The first thing you need to understand about lawsuits is that they aren’t always justified and they’re not always fair. Still, if you get your ego get in the way of your thinking, you might oversee something major, something that’s clearly your fault. Now, keep in mind that one’s level of satisfaction is completely subjective and arbitrary, which means that there are some people you simply won’t be able to please no matter what you do.…


Added by Emily Wilson on June 22, 2018 at 16:30 — No Comments

Psychological Safety in the Workplace

When we talk about diversity in the workplace, we usually think in terms of age and gender. But what about the important differences in personalities, communication styles and approaches? All too often, people don’t speak up at work because it doesn’t feel safe – and the consequences can be far reaching. In this post and podcast, we look at the idea of ‘psychological…


Added by Jan Terkelsen on June 22, 2018 at 15:06 — No Comments

The 3 best technology items for SMEs

New technology presents SMEs with the potential to grow their business and find new ways of operating efficiently. By utilising innovative technology, SMEs are able to streamline their day to day processes and eliminate manual tasks, such as filing.

In 2016, Gartner noted that Australian SMEs spend an estimated $52,000 per year on new technology, and have made a large contribution to the growth of the Australian tech market, which has grown by 2.8 per cent to reach…


Added by Belinda Lyone on June 21, 2018 at 15:54 — No Comments

Looking for Cultural Transformation? Try Finding It In The Mirror

Looking for cultural transformation? Look to the top first. And if you are in senior leadership yourself, try finding it in the mirror.

Any business masquerading as having a winning culture when really it is defensive, aggressive and unauthentic, is really only projecting a disguise. The Board and the Senior Executive are only fooling…


Added by Catherine Gillespie on June 21, 2018 at 12:35 — No Comments

Build your INFLUENCER 5 Pack to stand out in uncertain times

I recently undertook some research around job prospects in ‘the future of work’. Long story short, opinions are polarised. Some expert bodies believe that technology will cut 20-30% of all jobs (both low and high-skill). Others argue that a raft of new roles with Star Trek-sexy titles will materialise and…


Added by Mark Hodgson on June 21, 2018 at 7:30 — No Comments

Counter Allegations - Who Did What When?

Experienced workplace investigators are well aware that when two or more people are in dispute, there will inevitably be differing perspectives on what 'the truth' might look like. Contentious workplace issues can often play out in a 'he said, she said' fashion, with one allegation being closely followed up by a second person's counter-allegation. Such complications should be dealt with in a fair, considered and methodical…


Added by Vince Scopelliti on June 20, 2018 at 11:00 — No Comments

HR Postcard from London

HR Postcard from London

 Our latest HR postcard is from Andrew Fletcher, Head of Human Resources, UK at WorleyParsons.  

Working across the Resources and Energy sector, WorleyParsons covers the full project lifecycle from guiding customers with pioneering projects to finding innovative ways of sustaining and enhancing existing assets. The business employs over 25,000 people across 42…

Added by alan clare on June 18, 2018 at 15:00 — No Comments

Careless whisper – A lesson on the importance of formal communication structures in the workplace

Clear and effective communication structures are crucial to the smooth running of a workplace. Last-minute meetings and unexpected emergencies (especially safety emergencies) mean that messages and information often need to be relayed to employees almost instantly.

Thankfully, there are numerous ways in which employers are now able to communicate urgent messages to their employees where doing so in person is not practical, including by email, phone call, text message – or even through…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on June 18, 2018 at 10:30 — No Comments

Resistance is futile: Modern award basics for employers

One of the biggest challenges for Australian employers is navigating the often complex and confusing landscape of the modern awards.

In this blog, we provide some basic information about modern awards to help employers find their way.

What is a modern award?

A modern award is a document made by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) that sets the minimum terms and conditions of employment for employers and employees in a particular…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on June 18, 2018 at 10:28 — No Comments

Losing on penalties: $200,000 penalty imposed for adverse action taken against employees underpaid because of their race

Last year in The INNS and outs of adverse action: FWO prosecutes hotel owner for underpaying employees because of race. we reported on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s (FWO’s) successful prosecution of a hotel operator and its owner who took adverse action against two employees because of their Chinese race and Malaysian extraction.

Yenida Pty Ltd operated…


Added by Shane Koelmeyer on June 18, 2018 at 10:25 — No Comments

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