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Covert Recordings in the Workplace | January HR Breakfast Club Summary

Rebecca Richardson, Associate at BAL Lawyers, spoke about secret recordings in the workplace. In particular, secret recordings made by employees. Employees take secret recordings for a number of different reasons. Primarily we see employees doing this to ‘collect evidence’ for future litigation. The law in the ACT It is unlawful to record private conversations in [...]

Covert Recordings in the Workplace | January HR Breakfast Club Summary2020-02-05T03:29:02+00:00

HR Family Feud | December HR Breakfast Club Summary

At December’s HR Christmas Breakfast Club forum, Gabrielle Sullivan and Rachael Archer of BAL Lawyers Employment Law & Investigations Group conducted something a little bit different - our very own HR Family Feud. We asked numerous questions throughout the session from ‘Name a common reaction from an employee who is being performance managed?’ to ‘What [...]

HR Family Feud | December HR Breakfast Club Summary2020-01-07T01:11:56+00:00

Unfair Dismissal Mock Trial | November HR Breakfast Club Summary

At November’s HR Breakfast Club forum, BAL Lawyers Litigation and Dispute Resolution team conducted a Mock Trial. Based on proceedings before the Fair Work Commission, Ian Meagher, Director Litigation and Dispute Resolution, played the part of the Commissioner.  As the cased unfolded, evidence was presented to the Commissioner by witnesses on both sides.  John Wilson, [...]

Unfair Dismissal Mock Trial | November HR Breakfast Club Summary2019-11-20T02:25:20+00:00

Silence has a place in workplace sexual-harassment claims

“Banning non-disclosure agreements would leave employers with little reason not to maintain litigation.” Workplace sexual harassment is a prominent topic these days. Australian Human Rights Commission research suggests one in three employees were sexually harassed at work in the past five years. This is an alarming statistic. If it's correct, it's curious that relatively [...]

Silence has a place in workplace sexual-harassment claims2019-11-20T02:25:04+00:00

Use it or lose it: employer’s failure to consult human resources during termination can lead to an unfair dismissal finding

In Unfair Dismissal matters the Fair Work Commission looks at whether an employee’s dismissal was harsh, unjust or unreasonable in the circumstances. What constitutes a harsh, unjust, or unreasonable dismissal will depend on the facts of each case. In order to make this assessment, under section 387 of the Fair Work Act, there are [...]

Use it or lose it: employer’s failure to consult human resources during termination can lead to an unfair dismissal finding2019-11-20T06:12:59+00:00

Identifying Leadership in Your Organisation: October HR Breakfast Club Summary

This month, we were lucky to have Andrew Marshall, a Senior Account Manager for major international human resources firm, SHL, speak at the HR Breakfast Club on the topic of ‘Identifying Leadership in your Organisation.’ The changing nature of today’s work environment requires organisations to adapt their approaches to leadership identification and succession. Andrew’s presentation [...]

Identifying Leadership in Your Organisation: October HR Breakfast Club Summary2019-10-22T00:13:21+00:00