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Jun 10

A recent bullying case highlights the dangers of a hands-off HR department

A recent case in the Fair Work Commission, Ms Anne Pilbrow [2020] FWC 2458 (26 May 2020), has revisited the scenario where there is a need to identify what is reasonable management action (even if imperfectly carried out) and what is bullying, as defined in the Fair Work Act 2009. The case also demonstrates that […]

Jun 03

How to translate an employee complaint into a statement of allegations

A well-drafted statement of allegations is critical in a workplace investigation. Firstly, it clearly defines the scope (and limit) of the investigation, as the investigator will make findings about only those alleged events which have been set out in writing. More importantly, it is essential in providing natural justice to the person responding to the […]

May 20

[WEBINAR ON DEMAND] Ask Us Anything – Live with Worklogic’s Directors!

In this webinar Worklogic Director’s Jodie Fox, Jason Clark and Rose Bryant-Smith draw on their decades of experience as investigators, workplace relations advisors, and fixers of teams to share tips and tricks they have learned, de-identified ‘war stories’, and answer those tricky questions you’ve always wondered about. WATCH WEBINAR How to access our Webinars On […]

May 06

Managing conversations that matter during COVID-19

Not so long ago, before lockdown, we took many things for granted, in our workplace and in our personal lives. For most of us worker-bees, it was axiomatic that we had “the workplace”, that shared physical space where we shared the daily tasks, encounters, frustrations, joys, rituals, meetings and celebrations of our respective workplaces. And […]

Mar 11

Respect@Work 2020 – What the Sex Discrimination Commissioner’s Report means for Employers

On 5 March 2020, the Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins delivered the Respect@Work: Sexual Harassment National Inquiry Report (2020). The report is a culmination of the 2018 survey of data as well as hearings and submissions to the Commission over the last two years. The report comprehensively deals with the prevalence of sexual harassment in […]

Aug 28

5 Common Problems with Drafting Allegations

A well drafted set of allegations forms the basis for a procedurally fair investigation – conversely a badly drafted set of allegations runs the risk of a procedurally unfair investigation. Allegations need to be drafted in clear and precise language, and be specific and descriptive, in order that findings of fact can be made. Allegations […]

Aug 07

Tips to avoid flawed workplace investigations

To ensure that an investigation leads to robust and defensible findings it must be based on procedural fairness. An investigation process is like a chain – it is only as strong as each step (or link), and requires all steps to be followed in order to ensure the investigation is procedurally fair. When a step […]

May 29

Insights from the Drafting Allegations Workshop

Yesterday a group of Workplace Relations Specialists met for Worklogic’s Masterclass on Drafting Allegations. The group was fantastic and extremely knowledgeable and the conversations about various challenges faced were fascinating. The participants had a lot of fun unpicking the hypothetical scenario for the training and had lots of opportunity to practise skills in interviewing for […]

May 01

How to ensure your misconduct allegations are fit-for-purpose

Unless you have been living under a rock over the past decade, you will be familiar with home renovation makeover programmes, and their familiar catch-cry: “never squib on your materials!”. The same approach applies (in the slightly less glamorous land of workplace investigations) when it comes to defining and confirming the allegations which you investigate. […]

Mar 21

[WEBINAR ON DEMAND] How to effectively establish an independent complaints reporting service

In this free Worklogic webinar on demand, Integrity Line and Policy Development Manager, Rose Scott explains how to establish an independent complaints reporting service. She addresses common concerns (e.g. ‘we will drown in a deluge of complaints!’) and shares what to do (and what not to do!) drawing on Worklogic’s extensive experience in this space. Watch webinar How […]

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