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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

Can I Fire You? September HR Breakfast Club Summary

This month Bill McCarthy, Special Counsel Litigation & Dispute Resolution, BAL Lawyers, spoke about the complexities of the workers compensation regime and when an injured employee’s employment can be terminated. What are some Employer key obligations under the Workers’ Compensation Act 1951 (ACT)? Employers need to: Display an Information Summary Notice at the workplace; [...]

Can I Fire You? September HR Breakfast Club Summary2019-12-04T05:33:46+00:00

Leadership in a changing, dynamic and volatile environment – August HR Breakfast Club Summary

Leadership matters. In a compelling session to a full house, (retired) Major-General Fergus (Gus) McLachlan, of PeopleScape, drew upon his amazing military career to apply leadership parallels to a contemporary (and disrupted) business context. Gus shared insights on leaders who have, through their own positivity, even-temperedness and work ethic, been able to unlock the [...]

Leadership in a changing, dynamic and volatile environment – August HR Breakfast Club Summary2019-09-03T07:07:31+00:00