Dec 12

Procedural fairness and treatment: Chase evidential rabbits down burrows (and do offer tea…)

In this week’s blog, we discuss the recent lessons to be learnt from the following successful unfair dismissal application to the Fair Work Commission: Kefeng Deng v Westpac Banking Corporation (U2018/5696). The decision was delivered on 30 November 2018, by Commissioner Riordan. The case: Deng v Westpac The context for the application to the Fair […]

Nov 28

‘Tis the season to be jolly?’

December is upon us again. It’s the time of year when employees can feel mixed emotions and significant pressures. On the one hand, there is the prospect of a well-earned long break, possibly involving white beaches, reading and ‘kicking back’. On the other hand, the impending holiday season is often accompanied by pressures to meet […]

Nov 21

How to manage office gossip during a workplace investigation

Having a light-hearted chat with your colleagues can be one of the best parts of going to work. A positive workplace culture encourages colleagues to interact in a friendly way as this helps with communication and building relationships at work, as well as making work enjoyable for everyone. Why gossip? Gossip, defined as negative speculation around […]

Nov 14

How to manage the risks associated with power imbalances at work

In the investigations of misconduct that we conduct at Worklogic, we often see power being misused in the workplace. People in powerful positions – thanks to their position in the hierarchy, links with the union or the founders, their ‘talent’ as rainmakers or apparently irreplaceable skills -sometimes let the power go to their heads .  They […]

Oct 24

Investigations – to outsource or to not outsource that is the question

When an organisation wishes to conduct a procedurally fair investigation to support informed decision-making, it must decide who should conduct the investigation, with the question being should it be internal (this can be HR staff or managers) or external consultants? When making the decision to outsource an investigation (or not to), there are a number […]

Oct 10

A Culture of Sexual Harassment at Work

Like many people, I currently open the newspaper with a sense of dread, wondering what new bad things will have happened overnght.  Last week, there were media reports that the Former Chair of the ABC Board often referred to women at work as ‘chicks’ or ‘babes’. This week, we have Alan Jones’ shockingly disrespectful and threatening […]