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The six biggest mistakes employers make through redundancy

One of the most significant factors in how well an employee takes restructuring news and moves on from their redundancy is how you, their employer, handle the situation.

When you handle it right and give your employee the compassion, respect and support they need, you will part ways in a healthy and positive way that will ensure you both move on successfully. But do it wrong, you can be paying for it for a long time. To help you avoid the latter, here are the six biggest mistakes…

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Added by Mark Brand on December 3, 2020 at 4:55 — No Comments

Avoiding employee burnout at Christmas

The festive season is a joyous time of year. But coming at the end of 12 long months (particularly the 12 months we’ve all just had thanks to the pandemic), senior managers and HR departments need to remain especially vigilant. For it can also be a challenging time for hard-working employees who may have one eye on taking a…

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Added by Debbie Morrison on December 2, 2020 at 15:30 — No Comments

Procedural fairness in investigations of reportable conduct allegations (by my colleague Brooke Hall)

A reportable conduct investigation is necessarily different, and can sometimes be more complex to navigate, than other types of workplace investigations.

In a reportable conduct context, it is obviously imperative that the investigator ensures all children are provided the opportunity to be involved (unless there is a very good reason that they are not) and that they are provided with a supportive and comfortable environment to report their concerns and/or their version of events.…

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Added by Jason Clark on December 2, 2020 at 8:31 — No Comments

How the Coronavirus Pandemic Will Change the Way We Work

The coronavirus is making us have to reevaluate our entire approach to the workplace organization and work in general. It affects the workers, the office managers and the corporations/organizations, as a whole. Sometimes, however, a temporary measure may grow into something else entirely. For instance, remote work was practised even before the pandemic. So, now that it has turned into a global experiment, it is questionable whether the employers will force…

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Added by Emily Wilson on November 25, 2020 at 23:37 — No Comments

Ultimate online learning platform comparison: LMS vs LXP vs LCP vs DLP



LMS? LXP? LCP? DLP? LRS? The learning and training industry has evolved to offer many different online learning platforms, each offering different feature sets for different types of organisations and their learning goals. In this online learning platform comparison, let’s consider the most popular forms of online learning platforms.…

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Added by Jordan Early on November 20, 2020 at 11:08 — No Comments

Three (3) Insights From HR And Business Owners From The Pandemic



Here are some insights from our clients from the pandemic

As Employment Lawyers we are in a privileged position to gather perspective on a very challenging time for many clients with uncertainty and fear prevailing.  For others it has been an opportunity to pivot or seek different options to ensure their business survives and thrives.

Discussing these points with many in human resources, personnel management and business owners there are some constant themes…

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Added by Jonathan Mamaril on November 19, 2020 at 13:30 — No Comments

Understanding how Australia feels and the impact on your career plan

Using the Real Wishes Survey (Feb 2020) to address topical topics that are at the forefront of Australia’s mind, we have gathered top related Google Search Trends to explore search habits and trends throughout the year to date.

In this infographic, we have discovered some interesting findings across these categories: Health & wellbeing, Finances, New experiences, Friends and Family/Relationships, Careers, and…

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Added by Amy Vu on November 19, 2020 at 13:30 — No Comments

National IR reform: What corporate employers and their directors need to know about imminent wage theft laws and criminal law penalties

This article was written by HopgoodGanim Lawyers’ Special Counsel, Damon King and Robertson O’Gorman Solicitors’ Senior Associate, Dominic Brunello.

‘Wage theft’ is a generic term which is often, but somewhat misleadingly, used to describe all forms of wage underpayment…

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Added by Damon King on November 19, 2020 at 11:34 — No Comments

It's on you: The onus and presumption in adverse action matters

Under the general protections provisions in the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act), it is unlawful for a person to take adverse action against another person for a proscribed reason.

One of the features of the general protections provisions under the FW Act is the presumption that…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on November 17, 2020 at 9:13 — No Comments

Workplace Investigations Secret Recordings

Workplace Investigations Secret Recordings - Can you record conversations without the knowledge or consent of one or more of the parties. Thanks to Navjot Singh from Pannu Lawyers for the…

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Added by Phil O'Brien on November 18, 2020 at 11:02 — No Comments

Construction Zone: FWC upholds objection to constructive dismissal claim

In order to access the unfair dismissal jurisdiction, an employee must be “dismissed” from their employment by the employer. One of the instances in which an employee may be “dismissed” from their employment is if they were forced to resign because of the employer’s conduct or course of conduct. This is referred to as “constructive dismissal”.

This can often be a contentious issue as employees may perceive that…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on November 17, 2020 at 9:15 — No Comments

How to Adjust to Working Remotely With Kids During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way people work and interact with each other. It's still vital to follow safety protocols, distance yourself from crowds, and forget about social dining until the pandemic is over. That's why a lot of Australians still have to work remotely and reach their professional goals from the comfort of their home. 

Remote work can be beneficial, and a lot of business owners are…

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Added by Neil White on November 19, 2020 at 8:27 — No Comments

Two-timing employees: When can you prevent an employee from moonlighting?

These days, it seems like every second person you speak to has a "side hustle". They're driving a ride share vehicle, selling essential oils, skincare or make-up, have an artisan stall at the local markets or online, create and deliver Instagram worthy share platters, provide graphic design services, or take photographs of newborn babies. The gig economy has made these means of secondary income accessible to the masses via social media and other online…

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Added by Erin Kidd on November 16, 2020 at 8:35 — No Comments

Embracing and recruiting for neurodiversity

There has been an increasing interest and focus in recent years towards organisations recognising and leveraging the unique skillsets of neurodiverse employees – namely, those with neurological variations such as Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, and ADHD.

This unique skillset can include one or many of the following:

  • ability to be hyper focus,
  • to think outside the box and innovate,
  • greater awareness and attention to detail,
  • greater logical and…
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Added by Amy Cooper on November 13, 2020 at 10:43 — No Comments

Put your records on: Court penalises accountant for involvement in employer's failure to keep employee records

The Fair Work Regulations 2009 (Cth) (FW Regulations) impose a number of obligations on employers with respect to the making and keeping of employee records and pay slips.

The FW Regulations set out what records an employer is required to hold and the period for which they must be…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on November 17, 2020 at 9:18 — No Comments

When Is A Resignation Really A Resignation – Our Top 3 Tips For Employers



resigning in the heat of the moment – how should employers and councils act?

We have recently been asked by a client if they could treat a resignation by a disgruntled employee as a genuine resignation. The employee had felt stressed by events in his personal life and believed unjustified criticism was being directed towards him. He appeared to have verbally resigned at a performance management meeting and partially cleared his work desk.

We have recently…

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Added by Jonathan Mamaril on November 11, 2020 at 10:30 — No Comments

The Job Market has changed yet again! Here’s how-to catch-up post pandemic

The world as we knew it has been turned upside down with a global pandemic disrupting borders, causing economic downfall, mental stress and most of all – redundancies, unemployment and having to find new jobs. 

The job market has taken a large hit. Businesses have been forced to work remotely, companies have invested largely in e-learning and other technology-based solutions, zoom virtual backgrounds are the new “outfit of the day”

“Companies will need to be even more…

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Added by Sandy Hutchison on November 6, 2020 at 9:42 — No Comments

Planning A Work Christmas Party? Read This Article



Planning a work Xmas party? read on…..

The Fair Work Commission’s recent decision in Chambers v Toll Transport Pty Ltd[1] (the Decision) is a useful reminder for employers that not all ‘out of work hours’ misconduct by employees may give rise to a valid reason for dismissal especially in…

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Added by Jonathan Mamaril on November 10, 2020 at 18:00 — No Comments

Importance of improving digital skills for the workforce of the future

With the entire workplace moving online – everyone has had to sharpen their digital skills in order to function. Using technology has now become a necessity rather than a choice. Technological advancements have been evolving since the beginning, but since the pandemic, companies have heavily invested in infrastructure, technology and online platforms to help make workplaces more efficient.

In this era, improving digital skills is really important to stay relevant and dynamic. At a…

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Added by Sandy Hutchison on November 6, 2020 at 9:35 — No Comments

Is Access Control Really That Important For HR Professionals? You Bet.

HR professionals have their finger on the pulse of the workplace, so it’s no surprise that they are involved in more departments than most. Traditionally speaking, physical security and access control have not been HR’s main area of expertise because it hasn’t needed to be. COVID-19, however, has thrown every HR professional’s…

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Added by Haley Fox on November 6, 2020 at 5:49 — No Comments

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