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Difficult Conversations Part 2

In the first part of this blog series the setting for the discomfort felt by both the manager (speaker) and the staff member (listener) was explored. Often the discomfort felt by the manager is momentarily acknowledged then put aside as though it shouldn’t happen and it is weak or poor management to feel this…

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Added by Catherine Gillespie on February 14, 2020 at 8:30 — No Comments

How to Navigate Counter Allegations in Investigations

It is not unusual when investigating allegations such as sexual harassment, bullying or theft for the person accused of the misconduct to make a counter allegation.

This in turn can generate further counter allegations, making it difficult for investigators to keep track of a growing litany of wrongdoings!

Steering through the sea of…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on February 14, 2020 at 12:57 — No Comments

5 Reasons Why Companies Need to Provide Training to Their Employees

Today's market is quite competitive and requires that companies are always one step ahead of the newest trends. This is achieved with novel approaches, innovation, and upgraded performance – all of which require that employees are in line with current practices. And, the crucial…

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Added by Neil White on February 13, 2020 at 19:00 — No Comments

Death by meetings!! Why it's time you got 'huddles' happening

We’ve all been there. That office meeting that drags on and on and on, when you have a thousand other things you really need to be doing in your day. It’s frustrating. It’s inefficient. And, frankly, it’s also very last decade.

If you haven’t yet come across the concept of ‘huddling’, read on! Because…

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Added by Debbie Morrison on February 12, 2020 at 9:44 — No Comments

Summary dismissal, Serious Misconduct & Workplace Investigations

A case at the Fair Work Commission (Trialonas v Steric Solutions Pty Ltd) highlighted the need for employers to understand what Summary Dismissal is, how it applies to Serious Misconduct and the importance of thorough professional workplace investigations.

In this case a worker was summarily dismissed for using abusive language towards his supervisor but then allowed back to work…

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Added by Phil O'Brien on January 31, 2020 at 16:30 — No Comments

All together now: HR consultant and supervisor found accessorily liable for breach of FW Act

An external HR consultant and a supervisor have been found accessorily liable for contraventions of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) after they were involved in the dismissal of an employee who raised a potential award non-compliance issue (Myers v Arenco Holdings Pty Ltd & Ors [2019] FCCA 3077).



The employee was a yoga instructor at a studio where her duties included…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on January 31, 2020 at 15:17 — No Comments

People, processes and technology mindset needed for workforce of the future

You could be forgiven for thinking the workforce of the future has very little to do with us, the people who – at least for now – work.

Constant talk and fears of automation and artificial intelligence (AI) paint a picture of a dystopian future where jobs are scarce and completely at risk once machines’ intelligence can catch up and perform the role in a similar or better fashion.

A recent poll from Unions NSW revealed more than 80 per cent of respondents feared robots would…

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Added by Jarrod McGrath on February 10, 2020 at 10:33 — No Comments

It's the perfect time to audit your workplace relationships

It's the perfect time to audit those workplace relationships!

If you value your workplace relationships, like anything else you value, you will from time to time stop and reflect on what’s working and what needs improvement.

It’s the start of the year and as you slide back into your work, this is the perfect time to consider your workplace relationships.…

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Added by Tony Fell on February 7, 2020 at 6:00 — No Comments

Racial Discrimination at Work

We are all familiar with the more obvious signs of workplace discrimination; but with targeted racism and xenophobia spreading faster than the Coronavirus, it is vital to be aware of the more nuanced and subtle acts of discrimination at work. 

Queensland has seen MP Duncan Pegg slam a phoney health department …

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on February 5, 2020 at 16:30 — No Comments

Coronavirus: A Guideline for Employers

In recent times there has been widespread publicity about the outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus, which has spread from the Hubei province in China and has since been identified in other countries, including Australia.



On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern.” …



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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on January 31, 2020 at 15:00 — No Comments

Investigating Complaints Part 1 – Analysing the complaint.

Investigating Complaints Part 1 – Analysing the complaint.

This series is a step by step guide to help you investigate employee complaints.  The guides can also be used to investigate complaints from stakeholders including clients and customers.

This process is by no means the only process, it is however the process I use and have been using successfully for a number of years.

The first step in the investigation process is…

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Added by Phil O'Brien on January 31, 2020 at 12:30 — No Comments

Unfair Dismissal: Case Studies from the FWC

Perhaps one of the most vexed issues employers face is how to terminate employees without exposing the organisation to the risk of a successful unfair dismissal action. 

In light of the 15 January updates to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) Unfair Dismissals Benchbook, these two unfair dismissal…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on January 29, 2020 at 14:03 — No Comments

What did you say? Employee dismissed for offensive remarks in the workplace

It goes without saying that employees should treat each other with respect and courtesy in the workplace. 



In a recent decision, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) was tasked with considering a claim from a dismissed employee who alleged that remarks he made in the workplace were not offensive and did not justify his dismissal - Chileshe v EnergyAustralia Pty Ltd [2019] FWC 7622.



The employee in this case was…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on January 24, 2020 at 16:06 — No Comments

Complaint Management  & complainant expectations

Complaint Management  - Dealing with complainants and their expectations. As an business owner, employer or manager you may have to deal with complaints from stakeholders including clients, customers, suppliers or employees.  Complaints could relate to a number of issues however from experience we have found common complaints include;

  • The behaviour of your staff towards stakeholders/clients/other employees
  • The way in which your organisation or facility is being…
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Added by Phil O'Brien on January 28, 2020 at 11:22 — No Comments

How to set up an office wellness room

Our jobs have become so stressful that wellness is no longer a luxury but a real need if we wish to stay healthy both physically and mentally. Business owners and HR managers have realised this a long time ago, as we have seen a rise in…

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Added by Emma Williams on January 24, 2020 at 21:00 — No Comments

Whistleblowing in 2020: Is Your Organisation Ready?

The concept of whistleblowing was once frowned upon, or at the very least looked upon with trepidation. However, in recent years, the value of promoting whistleblowing as an acceptable way to improve corporate regulatory compliance and culture has been demonstrated. In this changing landscape,…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on January 23, 2020 at 9:22 — No Comments

A good deed goes a long way: FWC rejects claim deed was made under duress

As we have discussed in previous blogs, it is not uncommon for an employer and employee to enter into a deed of release or settlement when ending the employment relationship. A deed provides assurances to both parties that the employment relationship is at an end and they can both move forward.



A major reason that deeds are so effective is that they operate as a bar to any proceedings that a party may wish to commence at a later point in…

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Added by Shane Koelmeyer on January 24, 2020 at 15:27 — No Comments

How Employers Can Learn From 5,700 Employees Underpaid By Woolworths – Top 4 Tips For Employers

Woolworths, Lush and Qantas were some of the big names in the spotlight recently due to underpayment of wages claims. Previously we discussed the wide ranging underpayment of wages issues a former Masterchef judge and bubble tea drink company had to deal with.  The top tip for Employers in that article was to…

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Added by Jonathan Mamaril on January 17, 2020 at 11:30 — No Comments

Difficult Conversations Part 1

Holding a conversation for which you believe the content will upset the listener evokes the concept of a difficult conversation. Difficult because the speaker often assumes the news will be difficult for the receiver to hear. And so the conversation also becomes labelled as difficult for the speaker to know how best to frame what they need to say to cause the least discomfort for the listener. 

In such situations,…

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Added by Catherine Gillespie on January 17, 2020 at 9:26 — No Comments

Managing Volunteers in the Workplace

Volunteers can be a fabulous resource in any business. Generally, they bring enthusiasm, true passion for the organisation's ethos and purpose, and a "can-do" attitude to the job.

However, volunteers in the workplace can also bring their own set of challenges for organisations. Even though they are not on the payroll, volunteers enjoy the same protections as paid workers are entitled to. Indeed, the Work Health…

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Added by Vince Scopelliti on January 16, 2020 at 12:20 — No Comments

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