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Quite, please: Commission orders parties to stop yelling in the workplace

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) recently issued interim orders in an application for orders to stop bullying, which required the parties to, amongst other things, treat each other with respect and dignity, and to not yell in an unreasonable manner (see F.G. [2019] FWC 6283).



The stop-bullying application had been lodged by an employee of a retail services business who alleged that he was being bullied by a co-director and owner of the business. The…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on November 13, 2019 at 14:20 — No Comments

How to Support an Employee Going Through a Divorce

Not all marriages are destined to last. This is nothing out of the ordinary, as people change as they grow old and decide that their spouse is no longer the right man or woman for them.

But there's no such thing as easing…

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Added by Emma Williams on November 20, 2019 at 18:00 — No Comments

Why Some Companies Do the Pre-Employment Drug Test

While there are a lot of people who argue that recreational drug use doesn’t have to interfere with one’s workplace performance, the truth is that an employee with drug addiction is a liability that your enterprise simply doesn’t need. There are so many problems with the idea of hiring someone with this habit that may come to plague your enterprise or even run it completely into the ground. Before we get into this any deeper, we should first discuss the…

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Added by Emily Wilson on November 13, 2019 at 18:00 — No Comments

Questions of capacity: FWC endorsed employer’s approach to management of injured employee

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has endorsed the approach of a HR team in their management of an injured worker and the subsequent termination of her employment resulting from her incapacity to perform the inherent requirements of her role (Jack v Sigma Healthcare T/A Sigma Healthcare [2019] FWC 6364).



The employee was a storeperson working in a pharmaceuticals warehouse. In October 2017, she was injured in a non-work-related car accident and was totally…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on November 13, 2019 at 14:05 — No Comments

Should You Monitor Your Employees Online?

Big Brother inside the confines of your office space — a vanity or a necessity? 

Today, we live in a highly accessible society where data is made available to anyone and everyone. Yet, when…

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Added by Emma Lawson on November 12, 2019 at 19:30 — No Comments

HR's Role In Encouraging Work-Life Balance In the Office



There is this golden balance, this muddles the line between career and family life. It has been a challenge for ambitious and driven people since time immemorial. On one hand, you have your career in front of you, your passion, and your life’s work. On the other hand, you have life, family, friends, your health… In fact, you might have other…

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Added by Emma Williams on November 12, 2019 at 18:00 — No Comments

Who's with me? Sports agency sues former employees for poaching clients

A recent dispute between one of Australia’s leading sports agencies and two of it’s ex-employees is a reminder to employers about the importance of implementing processes to protect confidential information, including that of their customers and clients.

Ultra Management Sports, an agency that represents many elite rugby league and rugby union players, commenced proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia, claiming that two of it’s player agents amended player/agent contracts…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on November 13, 2019 at 14:00 — No Comments

Audio Recording or Written Statements?

Appropriately recording evidence is a crucial part of workplace investigations.

For investigators, this can cause a significant dilemma as to whether it is preferable to rely on written statements, or obtain audio recordings of interviews conducted during the investigation.

Here are a few of the main considerations for each method.

AUDIO…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on November 7, 2019 at 16:45 — No Comments

Investing In The Right Relationships

A Harvard Business Review ‘Management tip of the day’ recommended the prioritisation of working and spending time with colleagues that help one to feel fulfilled  and to minimise interactions with colleagues one finds depleting. Essentially the article was a call to action to invest in the ‘right relationships’.

I fully agree with the focus on investing in the ‘right relationships’ but perhaps this term firstly needs…

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Added by Catherine Gillespie on November 8, 2019 at 9:26 — No Comments

6 Ways to Create A More Positive Work Environment for your Employees

When Google first introduced playrooms, nap areas, and other recreational content for their workers at the Googleplex, their head office in Mountain View, many CEOs were first to mock the idea and snicker. As time passed by, the results Google achieved with their innovative ideas…

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Added by Veronica Steel on November 7, 2019 at 2:00 — No Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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