When contracting arrangements aren't clear on paper and are murky in practice, they become like the proverbial "ticking bomb", potentially resulting in massive back-pay orders for wages, superannuation contributions, and other modern award or NES entitlements. This webcast covers how to:
determine whether to engage workers as contractors or employees;
ensure arrangements satisfy established principal/contractor tests;
review existing arrangements to clarify your liability;
adapt contracts and practices to reverse the risk; and
avoid the risks associated with long-term contracting arrangements.
When an employee is under-performing, or their conduct is unsatisfactory, they can have a "rotten apple" effect on other workers, damaging productivity, engagement, and retention levels, says employment lawyer Brad Petley. In this webcast he explains:
how difficult employee behaviour can manifest;
why employers must manage unsatisfactory conduct or performance;
employers' rights and obligations when managing difficult workers;
how to minimise your exposure to legal claims associated with difficult employees; and
The Fair Work Act has changed collective bargaining dynamics in fundamental ways, giving employers an opportunity to negotiate for their own benefit as much as for employees, says employment lawyer Chris Gardner. In this presentation he outlines:
the good faith bargaining laws;
the power of premise in a negotiation;
how to use good faith bargaining to maximise your negotiating position; and
the key levers in any collective bargaining negotiation.
Any report of unsatisfactory workplace conduct or performance needs to be investigated, says employment lawyer Brad Petley. This presentation outlines the steps to take to ensure your investigations meet the Fair Work Act's procedural fairness requirements. Petley covers:
The role of the HR investigator;
Your legal obligations during investigations;
How to gather evidence and take statements from employees;
How to conduct effective interviews;
How to deal with evasive or untruthful witnesses;
When not to conduct interviews;
The impact of the Fair Work Act on investigation obligations;
How to manage employees post-investigation; & more.
During the "silly season" HR professionals must be extra vigilant about managing workplace behaviour and culture issues. Watch this webinar to learn a framework for minimising your organisation's risks. People+Culture Strategies managing principal Joydeep Hor describes a compliance model for managing workplace behaviour risks, including sexual harassment and bullying.
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The model workplace safety laws commence in January, but employers that wait until then to comply could find themselves at risk of fines, prosecutions, or worse. According to Kemp Strang partner Lisa Berton and lawyer Ben Urry, OHS professionals should be preparing by addressing five key areas:
Every organisation is potentially at risk of damage - to its reputation, assets, morale and much more - from its employees' use of social media. In this presentation, employment lawyer Nick Noonan outlines:
Employers' rights to monitor and regulate employees' social media use;
Employees' obligations when using social media;
What to include in a social media policy;
Employer risks in using social media in the recruitment process;
The interaction between social media and privacy laws; and
Recent case law involving social media issues in the workplace.
It has never been more important for employers to properly manage sick leave and risks of illness in their workplace. This HR Daily webinar will provide details around legal issues, case law, and management considerations.