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Down but not out: Full Bench looks at meaning of dismissed for the purposes of the unfair dismissal jurisdiction

Wednesday, 18 May 2022 2:30PM

Shane Koelmeyer

The question of whether a demotion will constitute a dismissal under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) was considered by the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (Full Be

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5 tips to hire quality candidates during a talent shortage

Tuesday, 17 May 2022 2:00PM

Dan Holman

As companies struggle to fill open positions, they are turning to social media to find new talent. But performing DIY background checks may not be very helpful when screening f

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How to help employees sharpen their cognitive skills for an increasingly fast-paced workforce

Tuesday, 17 May 2022 12:00PM

Marc Havercroft

Developing your cognitive skills is now considered as vital as the early morning workout if you want to get ahead in the future world of work.   Many people are dedicated to tr

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Hybrid working: The big considerations for SMB’s

Thursday, 12 May 2022 2:00PM

Debbie Morrison

For the food & beverage and manufacturing industries, the COVID-19 pandemic created widespread challenges —everything from a surge in demand for food and beverage products

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Canteen Crasher: FWC warns against employer’s “concerning” performance management in stop-bullying application

Wednesday, 11 May 2022 7:30AM

Shane Koelmeyer

The stop-bullying provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act) provide a mechanism for the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to impose orders upon employers (as well as individ

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Hiring for diversity & inclusion

Monday, 09 May 2022 1:30PM

Debbie Morrison

For many consumer goods companies, the impact of the pandemic forced them into simply surviving - priorities shifted to navigating supply chain issues, managing remote working

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Employer ordered to pay $150,000 in damages for sexual harassment by an employee

Wednesday, 11 May 2022 7:30AM

Shane Koelmeyer

In a recent decision of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), an employer has been ordered to pay $150,000 in general damages to a former employee for failing

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Returning to the office and workplace complaints

Friday, 06 May 2022 7:00AM

Phil O'Brien

As a workplace investigator I am seeing a upsurge in complaints of bullying and sexual harassment that could be attributed to  employees forgetting the rules and expectations o

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Executive succession series: Failing to plan is planning to fail - Part 2

Thursday, 05 May 2022 1:00PM

Debbie Morrison

In the first part of this Succession Planning series, we explored the pitfalls associated with a lack of succession planning. In part two, we look at what executives and boar

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Can an employee insist on work from home arrangements? The Queensland case which solves the work from home conundrum

Wednesday, 04 May 2022 7:00AM

Jonathan Mamaril

The lockdown situations all over Australia created a number of scenarios where employees were able to remain at home and undertake work.  Some of these arrangements led to an

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Executive succession series: Failing to plan is planning to fail - Part 1

Tuesday, 03 May 2022 1:00PM

Debbie Morrison

There has been much fanfare about the impending ‘great resignation’ expected this year. How much this impacts Australian organisations, especially the c-suite remains to be s

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Simplify your inclusion and diversity strategy to increase effectiveness

Tuesday, 03 May 2022 11:00AM

Maureen Frank

Most organisations are fatigued with their approach to an inclusion and diversity strategy which doesn’t seem to get impactful results. Leaders are supportive of D&I but it

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Up, up and away: Commission finds employee’s conduct of upward bullying towards manager warranted disciplinary action

Wednesday, 13 April 2022 1:00PM

Shane Koelmeyer

Workplace bullying occurs when a person (or a group of people) repeatedly behaves unreasonably towards another worker (or group of workers) and that behaviour creates a risk to

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Company car comes at a cost: Company supplied vehicle pushed employee over the high-income threshold

Wednesday, 13 April 2022 1:00PM

Shane Koelmeyer

Employees are often provided with benefits by their employer in addition to their normal salaries or wages. It is often when an unfair dismissal application is made that a disp

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Violence in the workplace – Best practice responses

Thursday, 21 April 2022 9:00AM

Phil O'Brien

Violence in the workplace – Best practice response. At times violence in the workplace occurs and employers must respond in a professional and considered way that protects thei

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Where is your organisational strength?

Monday, 18 April 2022 6:00AM

Catherine Gillespie

Most organisations believe strength = success = profit and the higher the profits the stronger the organisation is. So these organisations put a sole focus on increasing profit

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An unwanted footprint: FWC highlights the importance of a social media policy to safeguard employers’ reputations

Wednesday, 06 April 2022 3:37PM

Shane Koelmeyer

Employees have a duty to ensure that their out of hours conduct (including social media posts) is not contrary to the obligations they owe to their employer. Further employees

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Off the record: Criminal records and employment

Wednesday, 06 April 2022 2:00PM

Shane Koelmeyer

While the internet has made the world seem smaller and more connected, the ability to have unlimited information at our fingertips carries a risk for employers that what is fou

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