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Modern Award Changes Will Increase Costs, Risk And Exposure

More modern award changes are here…..

As part of the Modern Award Review there were changes made to some awards from 1 July 2020.   These changes may have the effect of increasing exposure to business risk and costs associated with engaging employees covered under the following Awards:

Miscellaneous Award

Some changes have included:

  • The clarification of which employees are covered by this…

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

Making employees redundant through a pandemic – navigating the risks and complexities

With the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression upon us, redundancy is a sad inevitability of COVID-19.

No one enjoys making employees redundant, but in the middle of a pandemic when the job market is competitive, and many families are doing it tough? That makes it a lot harder. Here are some tips to help you navigate the risks and complexities of making employees redundant through a pandemic.…


Added by Mark Brand on September 9, 2020 at 22:42 — No Comments

Zooming Through a Mediation

I was a sceptic. I was wrong

I was wrong. If you’d asked me in January 2020 what I thought of virtual mediation, I would have said “It can work, but really it’s a last resort”. However, after conducting multiple facilitated conversations through online platforms, I am prepared to put my hand up and admit it, “I was…


Added by Zandy Fell on September 4, 2020 at 12:02 — No Comments

General Protections Complaint – Huge Future Economic Loss $Pay-Out Due To COVID-19

$664,601.38 payout!

A staggering amount was awarded to an employee for breach of the General Protections – a substantial portion of this was assigned to the difficulty the applicant would have in obtaining employment in the current COVID-19, pandemic effected environment.

TheFederal Circuit Court (FCC) has recently awarded an employee compensation to the tune of over $650,000 due to breaches of the general protection provisions of…


Added by Jonathan Mamaril on September 4, 2020 at 10:30 — No Comments

Workplace Sexual Harassment 2020

Workplace Sexual Harassment 2020 – Recently it was reported on the ABC that Workplace sexual harassment reports are rising during coronavirus and working from home may be a reason. 

The article stated, coronavirus, working from home and recent high-profile cases are encouraging more women to come forward and revealing the true extent of Australia’s sexual harassment problem, authorities have said that Law firms say they are being swamped with workplace sexual harassment…


Added by Phil O'Brien on August 28, 2020 at 12:26 — No Comments

Two Key Legislative Updates

A key component of our service offering is to assist our clients to meet the legislative requirements in managing their people.  Here we share two recent legislative updates which have had potentially far-reaching implications for employers. 

Personal Leave – What Defines a ‘Day’?

Employers would be…


Added by Nick Hedges on August 26, 2020 at 14:11 — No Comments

Defining Success in Workplace Conflict

You can define success in workplace conflict

Success in workplace conflict comes in many shapes and sizes.  Sometimes it is two people walking out from a conversation ‘holding hands’ – socially distanced of course!  Other times there is an acknowledgement and agreement to new ways of working together,…


Added by Tony Fell on August 24, 2020 at 14:56 — No Comments

The Role Of Generosity In Mediation

At some point in a mediation, one person will ‘shift’ from presenting and defending their perspective to genuinely acknowledging the hurt, frustration, loss or other feeling of pain being expressed by the other.

To ‘move’ from a place of focusing only on one’s own opinions and perspectives, a place that has been a type of sanctuary for certainty and therefore comfort, requires one to lower their defenses and to step outside of their view of the past, which they may…


Added by Catherine Gillespie on August 21, 2020 at 11:03 — No Comments

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace – Prevention and Response


Added by David Sorauer on August 18, 2020 at 16:37 — No Comments

Draw the line: Managing employee conduct and behaviour in the workplace

Managing employee conduct and behaviour can be a challenge. The question of what is appropriate and what is not appropriate in the workplace will depend on a variety of factors, including the industry in which the employees work, the overall culture of the workplace and community standards at any given time.

In claims…

Added by Shane Koelmeyer on August 11, 2020 at 17:08 — No Comments

8 Easy Ways to Make Your Business Stand Out From the Crowd

It's not easy to be unique and special in the world of business. When people focus on success, they can forget that one of the thongs that will make you more successful than ever is the originality. Whatever you do, you need to keep it in mind that your brand should be something…


Added by Emma Williams on August 14, 2020 at 17:29 — No Comments

Below not above: Salary reduction brought employee under high income threshold

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has significantly impacted the financial stability of many businesses. Employers have had to make difficult decisions and implement different measures to ensure the ongoing viability of their businesses. Some of these measures have included asking employees to agree to temporary reductions in their hours of work or to a reduction in their remuneration.…

Added by Shane Koelmeyer on August 11, 2020 at 16:51 — No Comments

Who's on your bus?

Zandy and I were lucky enough last week to attend a global forum hearing Jim Collins of Good to Great fame. There were so many poignant messages for us all during this time of global uncertainty. However, there was one overpowering classic Collins idea that is just so applicable…


Added by Tony Fell on August 11, 2020 at 14:36 — No Comments

All in good fun: Company vicariously liable for injury resulting from skylarking supervisor

Enjoying the company of your colleagues is something most people hope to find in the workplace. It can make work much more enjoyable and lead to lasting friendships. However, fun in the workplace can cross a line when it takes the form of dangerous skylarking or roughhousing.

Dangerous behaviour by colleagues can pose…

Added by Shane Koelmeyer on August 11, 2020 at 17:01 — No Comments

Serious Misconduct - Summary dismissal

Serious misconduct - In light of the Ivance Cuculoski v Australian Transit Group T/A Buswest [2020] FWC 3361 (30 June 2020) decision at the Fair Work Commission, I think it's time to review Serious Misconduct and Summary Dismissal. Full case here

Summary dismissal is dismissal without notice. It does not require advance notice to the…


Added by Phil O'Brien on August 3, 2020 at 14:00 — No Comments

Workplace investigations & Workplace policies

One of the first questions I ask for when I am engaged to conduct a workplace investigation is can you send me your bullying or behavioural polices and and any Code of Conduct or other policies.

The reason I ask for this is that I frame any allegations against the person subject of any complaint based on potential breaches of your policies or Code of Conduct.

The policies I receive come a a variety of forms, but one of the elements I like…


Added by Phil O'Brien on July 31, 2020 at 11:30 — No Comments

The psychological dimensions of working from home & returning employees to the workplace after a crisis

Fantastic to talk to Dr Melanie Irons about "The psychological dimensions of working from home and returning employees to the workplace after a crisis" on the latest episode of the HR Breakfast Club Podcast.

Traditionally, the ability…


Added by James Judge on July 23, 2020 at 16:00 — No Comments

Hiding a workplace problem doesn’t mean it will go away: What we can learn from Donald Trump’s coronavirus denial

Donald Trump recently claimed he was joking when he asked staff to slow down coronavirus testing, asserting that ‘by having more tests, we have more cases.’ Whilst you can’t question the logic, it’s assumed that most experts would believe this to be a very short-sighted approach – by testing fewer people, reported cases will decrease, but this does not mean they do not exist. Much like in any scenario – from relationships to health issues to workplaces, ignoring a problem…


Added by Andy Welsh on July 22, 2020 at 14:30 — No Comments

Patience, you must have: FWC upholds safety-related dismissal of employee given multiple chances

The Fair Work Commission’s (FWC’s) recent decision in Hafsteins v Correct Installs Pty Ltd [2020] FWC 2729 has showcased a “patient” employer’s handling of an employee’s numerous workplace health and safety breaches. 

The employee was employed at a racking and storage system installation…

Added by Shane Koelmeyer on July 21, 2020 at 13:05 — No Comments

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