May 08

3 strategies for conducting preliminary enquiries into workplace complaints or concerns 

Worklogic is often requested to conduct a preliminary enquiry by clients faced with a workplace complaint or concerns about workplace behaviour that are lacking critical information. A preliminary enquiry occurs before a decision to proceed (or not) to full workplace investigation and can be very helpful in clarifying that decision, ultimately saving time and money […]

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. […]

Apr 17

What to do with the workplace investigation report? Balancing privacy and transparency

It is standard for workplace investigations to be documented in a written investigation report. There are many good reasons for doing so. A well-structured, logical and comprehensively written report will record: What the investigation process was, and in doing so demonstrates that it was a fair and rigorous process; The evidence that the investigator collected […]

Apr 11

[WEBINAR ON DEMAND] Lessons for employers from the latest bullying cases

In this free Worklogic webinar on-demand Worklogic’s Director, Grevis Beard, discusses some recent bullying cases and explains the implications of the findings for employers dealing with allegations of bullying at work. Watch webinar How to access our Webinars On Demand To access these webinars on demand, simply click on the watch webinar link above.  You […]

Apr 10

A ‘reasonable woman’ standard for sexual harassment claims

Sexual harassment in the workplace remains an ongoing issue. The continuing durability of #MeToo and high-profile sexual harassment claims from women in media, entertainment and politics are a sign that employers still have significant work to do in acknowledging and addressing sexual harassment. In the fourth national workplace sexual harassment survey by the Australian Human Rights Commission, one […]

Mar 27

Case Study: Why contradictory evidence is important in a workplace investigation

When conducting a workplace investigation, there is often pressure on an investigator to move quickly from allegation to findings. Some of these factors are entirely appropriate: a well-run, timely investigation without unexplained delays is key to minimising any potential harmful impacts on the participants in the investigation and the organisation as a whole. Sometimes though, […]

Feb 20

How to investigate allegations where there are no witnesses

Employers often struggle with the ‘he said/she said’ form of workplace complaint. The complainant says the allegation happened. The respondent flatly denies it. No one else was in the room at the time. Now what? Our clients are often confused about what to do when a complaint is made about behaviour in the workplace that […]

Jan 09

Worklogic’s Hopes for a ‘Year of Accountability’

As 2019 begins and we think of our hopes for Australian workplaces, top of our minds is accountability for delivering results according to our values and behavioural standards. 2019 – The Year of Accountability? In the news, there are calls for accountability of the builders of a cracking high rise building in Sydney. Member of […]

Dec 19

Food for Thought from 2018

A tongue-in-cheek look at the menu that 2018 has served up to us!               The gravy train The banks and insurance companies get the 2018 Gravy Boat Award. Billing dead customers, selling worthless policies and taking large commissions and bonuses for their efforts. What should we learn? Financial incentive schemes […]

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 […]

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