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Council says serious safety breach warrants termination: 2 garbage collectors pay a hefty price (3 lessons for councils)

Wednesday, 24 November 2021 9:00AM

Jonathan Mamaril

A 62 year old with 42 years of service with the City of Sydney Council challenged his dismissal which cost him (amongst other things) a $70,000 entitlement.  The Commission ho

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No way, know how: What is the difference between confidential information and “know-how”?

Wednesday, 17 November 2021 6:13PM

Shane Koelmeyer

During the course of the employment relationship, employees will inevitably gain knowledge or be exposed to information about the employer’s business that is considered confide

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Performance management – 3 tips for all people managers and HR

Monday, 22 November 2021 5:00PM

Jonathan Mamaril

Performance Management is coming into sharp focus for a number of organisations As we start to come “back into the office”, understand the practical and financial impact of p

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Under suspicion: Commission finds employer’s suspicion of an employee’s misconduct was not a valid reason for dismissal

Wednesday, 17 November 2021 6:12PM

Shane Koelmeyer

If considering taking disciplinary action due to an employee’s misconduct, it is critical that an employer makes a decision based on wrongdoing as opposed to a mere suspicion o

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How to create an inclusive environment: 6 essential tips for every leader

Tuesday, 09 November 2021 4:00PM

Maureen Frank

For forward-thinking and dynamic organisational leaders, creating an inclusive environment is essential to ensuring every employee feels welcomed.  The research tells us time a

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Human behaviour specialist: Face-to-face critical to business recovery

Wednesday, 10 November 2021 5:30PM

Tom Walley

Co-founder of the Behaviour Report, Dan Gregory, has said that face-to-face meetings, company events, and conferences will be critical for business recovery as parts of the cou

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Why you need to stop searching for the perfect candidate

Tuesday, 02 November 2021 12:28AM

Katriina Tahka

We are facing a crisis, and I’m not talking about the COVID pandemic. Business leaders have forecast a great resignation when borders open, but we’re already starting to see th

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Let’s get flexible: Employer acted “entirely reasonably” when terminating employee who worked flexible hours

Wednesday, 03 November 2021 11:11AM

Shane Koelmeyer

It is not uncommon for employers and employees to agree to flexible working hours, particularly in circumstances where the employee has family or other caring responsibilities.

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The rise of bullying and harassment in lockdown

Monday, 01 November 2021 9:00PM

Katriina Tahka

Once upon a time, remote working was perceived as an escape from workplace politics, a day to avoid the crowded commute and a chance to focus on getting your work done autonomo

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You’ve got mail! Commission finds termination letter sent to inactive email address was not notification of dismissal

Wednesday, 03 November 2021 11:08AM

Shane Koelmeyer

Given the serious nature of matters such as dismissals, employers should, as far as reasonably practicable, communicate such matters in person to ensure that there is no confus

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Digital transformation: A necessity now more than ever

Saturday, 30 October 2021 2:30AM

Emily Wilson

Digital transformation is a topic that is being discussed very actively today. They say that in the new information era, companies have no future without it. But the essence of

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Age is just a number: Labour hire company and placement company penalised for discriminating against prospective employee

Wednesday, 03 November 2021 10:58AM

Shane Koelmeyer

The general protections provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) are wide-ranging in the sense that they provide protections to, and prohibit adverse action by, pers

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Advice from the Fair Work Ombudsman - new sexual harassment protections

Wednesday, 27 October 2021 11:30AM

Phil O'Brien

Some very useful and essential information for the Fair Work Ombudsman in relation to the new sexual harassment protections. It is highly recommended that all employers are fa

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Red light, green light: Dismissals for temporary illnesses under the FW Act

Wednesday, 20 October 2021 11:00AM

Shane Koelmeyer

Within the general protections of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act), there is a protection afforded to employees who are temporarily absent from work because of an illness

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The dimensions of diversity through an inclusive lens

Wednesday, 20 October 2021 12:30PM

Maureen Frank

Just as there are many different social stereotypes in the world, there are many dimensions of diversity and difference. And of course, they are all prevalent in the workplace.

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Words flying high: Commission critical of employer’s entirely email-based disciplinary process

Wednesday, 20 October 2021 10:30AM

Shane Koelmeyer

Communication between the employer and employees is essential for a good working relationship. Poor communication in the disciplinary process may lead to a deficiency in the pr

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Cultural load – Is it time to evaluate the load and who is bearing it?

Tuesday, 12 October 2021 2:00PM

Catherine Gillespie

The term ‘Cultural Load’ was brought to my attention by an article in HRM (July 2021) in reference to the “extra pressure” employers are (often unknowingly) placing “on Aborigi

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Five mistakes leaders make that cause good employees to quit

Monday, 11 October 2021 3:30PM

Mark Brand

Ask any good leader what their secret to success is and they will tell you it’s their people. The employees that show up day in and day out to do the work and drive the company

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