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Uncertainty silences public service free speech

It seems that even a pandemic cannot dull the vexing issue of public servants expressing their political views. As much was evident in Victoria last month, with the state's deputy health officer counselled, albeit not sanctioned, for a tweet comparing COVID-19 to the arrival of Captain Cook. As the subsequent vociferous debate highlighted, there [...]

Uncertainty silences public service free speech2020-06-02T22:31:19+00:00

How Coronavirus may impact the Australian Public Service

The Australian labour market is facing unprecedented times. The changes to our way of life and economy are coming thick and fast. I have found this article more difficult to write than most. Like all Australians I, too, continue to be bombarded with news of change as our country grapples to come to terms [...]

How Coronavirus may impact the Australian Public Service2020-05-05T09:38:51+00:00

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 Summary2020-04-20T23:59:39+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