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eWise - September 2019

What's New?

We had a great time in Brisbane this month, attending the 2019 AHRI Exhibition and Convention 16-19 September. We enjoyed discussing many of our services, with the Whistleblower legislation changes being a focus point

In addition, our Investigating Interviewing: A Guide for Workplace Investigators book proved to be an ever popular item for purchase. If you missed out these are available on our website. Normally priced at $34.50, however until 1 October 2019 we are offering our special AHRI price of $20 (excluding postage). Simply use the code AHRI2019 


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In The News

The federal government has confirmed it will soon release a series of discussion papers regarding workplace reforms. One of the key areas for review is the criminalisation of deliberate underpayments to workers. 

The government has called for submissions from the public, including unions, to bring their concerns to light. 

This announcement follows a briefing to introduce a national labour hire registration scheme in early 2020. 

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The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has found the Victorian Department of Parliamentary Services to have unfairly dismissed a senior electoral officer for the alleged loss of trust and confidence in his ability to perform the role. A contributing factor to the decision being, the department's failure to engage HR expertise in their decision-making. 

The FWC commented that the department failed to utilise the HR expertise available, and to observe and follow its procedural fairness obligations. As a result, the termination was held unjust and unfair, due to the haste and lack of normal procedural steps followed to ensure a fair process. 

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The FWC has dismissed an application from a storeperson suffering from recent physical and mental capacity issues that they were unfairly dismissed. 

The FWC observed that the employer had considered modification of storeperson's duties to 'make reasonable adjustments' for their medical condition. However, given the nature of work, the employer was unable to make adjustments to the work environment. The storeperson ultimately conceded that due to their mental incapacity they could no longer perform any of their work duties. 

The FWC commended the employer for acting in good faith by keeping the position open for 12-months for the storeperson to return to work and following procedural fairness throughout the process. 

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If you are interested in reading our blogs they are released weekly on our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn social media pages - simply search for WISE Workplace on your chosen social media platform.  


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How to Deal with Workplace Conflict 

By Vince Scopelliti

Any sphere in which humans interact with each other is likely to involve certain levels of conflict. This is certainly the case in the workplace, where employees are required to spend significant amounts of time with people they may not otherwise choose to be involved with.

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How and When to Report Workplace Bullying

By Vince Scopelliti

Workplace bullying can sometimes be difficult to identify. After all, people from many different walks of life are thrown together in a working environment, and this will often result in personality clashes and natural disagreements. Not everybody in the office will be friendly with each other. 

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Ruling on Anonymous Social Posts a Warning for Employees

By Vince Scopelliti

In the highly-anticipated decision of Comcare v Banerji, the High Court has found it is not unconstitutional for the federal government to restrict the rights of public servants to express their political views in a public forum. 

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The Role of the Fair Work Commission in Workplace Disputes

By Vince Scopelliti

There is a high likelihood that every employer will have to deal with action - or at least the threat of action - involving the Fair Work Commission (FWC). 

Let's take a look at the role of the FWC, and the importance of a defensible investigation reports in the event an employee lodges a claim.

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What's On

 
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Conducting Workplace Investigations - Advanced (3-days)

Location: Sydney
Date: 16 - 18 October 2019 


Location: Melbourne
Date: 12 - 14 November 2019 



Investigating Workplace Misconduct (1-day)

Location: Canberra

Date: 19 November 2019 

 


For more information on Investigating Workplace Misconduct

 

 

 

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