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

Compulsory Vaccinations in the Workplace

News flash: In April 2018, the Federal Government released a statement to requiring all aged care employer to provide for compulsory flu vaccinations. Stay tuned for the HR Breakfast Club analysis of this statement. The following article was written in December 2017. With winter finally past, Australia is recovering after one of its worst outbreaks [...]

Compulsory Vaccinations in the Workplace2019-05-23T02:24:58+00:00

Bullying and Harassment: The New Black in HR

Being a HR manager, there will often be times you have to deal with employees not getting along. You may be dealing with employees complaining about being bullied, requests to be moved to different office locations, claims of unfair work loads and staff taking long breaks. These situations can get out of hand very quickly [...]

Bullying and Harassment: The New Black in HR2019-05-23T02:21:05+00:00

Candid Camera: Covert Surveillance in the Workplace

If covert surveillance is used in a workplace, employers had better be sure it's done with the agreement of staff. It is not uncommon for organisations to keep an eye on their employees via video cameras or internet monitoring. But beware the legal pitfalls. The vexing topic of covert surveillance recently reared its ugly head [...]

Candid Camera: Covert Surveillance in the Workplace2019-05-23T02:19:28+00:00

A False Positive: Employment Reference Checking

The humble employment reference is an indispensable part of recruitment, but HR managers should be aware of risks. While the vast majority of employers take the provision of references seriously and provide fair and beneficial documents, a misleading or erroneous reference can be costly. A candidate may require more training than their reference suggests, or [...]

A False Positive: Employment Reference Checking2019-05-23T02:19:00+00:00