Nov 30

8 questions to check how robust your employment policies are

Maintaining usability, coherence and comprehensiveness of an organisation’s employment and HR policies and procedures should be an ongoing job for all employers. In our experience however, too often these policies are not sufficiently comprehensive – and once they are completed, they are forgotten or poorly implemented. Neglecting your policies poses a significant risk for your […]

Nov 16

Taking disciplinary action after workplace investigations: don’t drop the ball before the finish line!

In this post, we highlight a hidden risk for both investigators of workplace allegations and HR professionals involved in any disciplinary decisions following an investigation, where additional evidence contributes to the decision to terminate employment. In these situations, employers must provide the this additional information – either as separate allegations, or as relevant evidence – […]

Nov 09

Why you need to triage workplace complaints before taking action

HR professionals and managers are always aware of the legal obligations of employers to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of their employees. In this environment, when you become aware of an employee complaint, the inclination is to immediately “take action”. However, a recent decision of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission highlights why it is […]

Nov 02

5 tips for effective induction to mitigate workplace risks – lessons from local government

I have recently sent off my ballot in my local council elections and the results of council elections all over Victoria have now been determined. Hundreds of councillors are now taking up their positions on local councils, some for the very first time. The challenge facing local government chief executives and their delegated staff is […]