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eWise - November 2019

What's New?

We Our 2020 training dates have been released! Our training is skills based, developed for investigators, by investigators. 

WISE provides a 3-day training focusing on Conducting Workplace Investigations, Investigating Workplace Misconduct (1 day), Investigating Abuse in Care (4 days) and Investigative Interviewing (3 days) - See below for specific details.

 

In The News

On 7 October 2019, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) announced updates to its Anti-bullying benchbook and Industrial action benchbook. The updates have been made in light of recent case law and rule changes.

Updates include expanding the types of orders the FWC can make regarding matters of workplace bullying.

The FWC benchbooks are valuable resources to assist with understanding basic principles relevant to employment law and matters before the FWC.   

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A Queensland child and family services organisation will be required to back-pay its staff approximately $200,000, after self-disclosing to the Fair Work Ombudsman, that it had underpaid 200 current and former employees.

The self-disclosure came after the organisation conducted an internal review, whereby it was uncovered it had failed to properly pay overtime rates; allowances for shift; on-call and sleepover allowances and had erroneously classified employees since the organisation was established in 2013.

Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker commented on the organisation's failure, stating, "The matter should serve as a warning to all organisations, including non-for-profits that if you don't prioritise workplace compliance, you risk underpaying staff on a large scale".

The Fair Work Ombudsman offers organisations free advice and assistance regarding workplace compliance matters, on 13 13 94 or www.fairwork.gov.au

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The Fair Work Ombudsman has provided advice that all permanent workers are entitled to 10 days personal/carer's leave each year.

This advice follows a recent Federal Court decision regarding permanent workers' accrual of leave entitlements. Unlike the common practice of employers calculating personal leave entitlements according to hours worked, the new position means whether full-time or part-time, all permanent workers are entitled to the same 10 working days of paid personal/carer's leave for each year of employment.

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Responding to Bad Behaviour at the Christmas Party 

By Vince Scopelliti

It's no secret that both the good and the bad can be on display at the annual work Christmas party. While smiles and good cheer can and should be the main features at an end-of year bash, some unfortunate behaviour can also arise. 

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Dealing with Pornography in the Workplace

By Vince Scopelliti

Unsurprisingly, the access to pornography can be extremely problematic in the workplace. Not only does the access to pornography at work open up a minefield of possible harassment and other sexually motivated complaints, it contributes significantly to presenteeism (where staff are physically present but not concentrating on their jobs).

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Audio Recording or Written Statements?

By Vince Scopelliti

Appropriately recording evidence is a crucial part of workplace investigations.

For investigators, the can cause a significant dilemma as to whether it is preferable to rely on written statement, or obtain audio recordings of interviews conducted during the investigation.

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When a Pre-Determined View Leads to an Unfair Investigation

By Vince Scopelliti

Procedural fairness must be top of mind, for all organisations when conducting a workplace investigation. Failing at allow an employee sufficient time respond to an allegation or taking a pre-determined view of the outcome of an investigation, for example, proceeding with terminating employment, can leave an employer open to an unfair dismissal claim.

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What's On

 
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Conducting Workplace Investigations - Advanced (3-days)

Location:

Location: Sydney

Date: 17 - 19 March 2020 

Location: Perth
Date: 4 - 6 May 2020 

Location: Hobart
Date: 25 - 27 May 2020 

Location: Canberra
Date: 10 - 12 June 2020 

Location: Brisbane
Date: 9 - 11 September 2020 

Location: Sydney
Date: 19 - 21 October 2020

Location: Melbourne
Date: 16 - 18 November 2020 



Investigating Abuse in Care (4-days)

Location: Melbourne
Date: 20 - 23 July 2020


Location: Sydney

Date: 3 - 6 August 2020 


For more information on Investigating Abuse in Care

Investigating Workplace Misconduct (1-day)

Location: Adelaide
Date: 13 March 2020


Location: Brisbane

Date: 29 April 2020


Location: Sydney

Date: 14 May 2020


Location: Melbourne
Date: 17 June 2020

Location: Perth
Date: 29 July 2020

Location: Hobart

Date: 13 August 2020


Location: Darwin

Date: 16 September 2020


Location: Melbourne

Date: 6 October 2020


Location: Canberra

Date: 23 November 2020 

 


For more information on Investigating Workplace Misconduct


Investigative Interviewing (3-days)

Location: Melbourne
Date: 2 - 4 September 2020


For more information on Investigative Interviewing

 

 

 

 

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