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

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 Workplace2020-05-05T09:50:04+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