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25 October 2019 11:31am

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Too much of HR's time is being wasted on admin tasks that managers should be performing, new research reveals, and Elmo Software's CHRO Monica Watt says practitioners need to "say yes less" and enable and facilitate instead.

Workplace redundancies are fraught with legal risks, but the Fair Work Act's notification and consultation requirements are among the most challenging areas for compliance, according to Gadens partner Brett Feltham. Discussions must cover what changes will be introduced, the effect those changes are likely to have on employees, and any measures to avert or mitigate those adverse effects, he notes.

The behaviour of leaders is having an impact on employees both at work and home, research by RMIT University's Carys Chan shows. The "corporate speak" used by leaders also has a negative effect, Small Act Major Impact founder Leora Givoni adds.

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A casual employee dropped from her workplace roster after she complained about underpayments is entitled to compensation to unfair dismissal. The Fair Work Commission found that while no specific decision was made to dismiss the employee, "a deliberate and specific" decision was made to remove her from the roster.

Organisations keep mistaking confidence for competence, ignoring "quietly powerful" employees when promoting leaders leadership consultant Megumi Miki says in her new book. "When we meet potential leaders who are humble, quiet and may not appear as confident, we judge very quickly and unconsciously that they aren't leadership material."

A BHP employee who was sacked after conducting an airport prank and posing in uniform for an inappropriate photo will receive compensation, after her employer failed to follow its own disciplinary process. It was "extraordinary" that while the prank was reported in November, BHP's employee relations team didn't raise it with her manager until February, the Fair Work Commission found.

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