The issue of workplace bullying has become a prevalent situation in workplaces of late especially those dealing with: Under resourced workforces Hard to manage or underperforming staff Lack of new staff coming in (or difficulty recruiting more) Losing key personnel and those in management roles Challenges around vaccination requirements and Government health orders Restrictions around…

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The Work Christmas Party can lead to claims early in the year. A sample of some of the claims our office at NB Lawyers – lawyers for employers have seen include: workplace bullying claims sexual harassment claims workers compensation applications general protections claims disputes and complaints under policy and procedure accusations of a criminal nature…

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A number of consultants, advisors, accountants, bookkeepers and business coaches have asked us recently about termination of employment.  In particular, what are some of the issues to understand so that Employer’s risk and liability can be mitigated and even dissipated. 1. Unfair Dismissal Risk For many advisors there is an understanding of unfair dismissal and…

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A Council employee was found to have engaged in serious misconduct for amongst other things harassing and being disrespectful to the HR manager.  In the decision of Stamoglou v Banyule City Council [2020] FWC 4722 (15 September 2020) (Banyule Council Case) an employee filed an unfair dismissal claim saying that the Victorian Council that he worked for…

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The rise of workplace bullying, unfair dismissal and general protections claims in the Fair Work Commission is not surprising considering the current economic and business climate. Managers and supervisors gaining an understanding of what is reasonable management action done in a reasonable way must be learned and trained – organisations and employers need to seriously…

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Scott Morrison and the Federal Government have announced a clear initiative to (in principle) accept a significant amount of the 55 recommendations around sexual harassment. There are some overarching themes with the changes and what has been pushed is a more clear path and more distinctive grounds for employees to file sexual harassment complaints, applications…

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