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Insecurity complex – is casual and contract work “insecure”?

The latest target of the union movement is casual and contract work. According to the ACTU, Australia is facing a “growing crisis of insecure work”.  Their “independent” inquiry into casual…

Defamation: What does it mean in regards to workplace complaints

When a complaint it made, there is a possibility that a complainant, organisation or another party involved may be threatened with an action for defamation as a response to the…

Workplace investigations and procedural fairness

A lack of procedural fairness has been the undoing of many a workplace investigation. Inadequate evidence, lack of notice, pre-determined decisions – are just some of the elements that can…

3 top tips for managing workplace bullying

A brief look at recent case law involving workplace bullying makes it clear that it’s a serious issue for all employers. A well developed anti-bullying policy is essential, to define…

AFL ‘discrimination’ media frenzy provides valuable lessons for your workplace

Last week’s controversy involving the AFL, Melbourne Football Club (MFC) and the media provides valuable lessons for your workplace. It was reported in the media that AFL employee Community Engagement…

When justice calls

Participating in jury service is undoubtedly an important civic responsibility—it’s a pretty common theme in the prime-time crime dramas that fill the weekly TV schedule. But, for employers, a jury…

Latest figures: unfair dismissals rocketing skyward

Unfair dismissals are now running about twice the level they were at in 2008-09, the final year of WorkChoices. According to data from Fair Work Australia, almost 8,000 unfair dismissal…

Business seeks a ban on QANTAS-style strikes over job security

Business groups have called for a ban on QANTAS-style strikes over job security. In response to the Gillard Government’s review into the Fair Work Act, Australia’s peak business body, the…

Breaking the glass ceiling

Australian companies are lagging behind much of the world when it comes to the representation of women in executive and senior management positions. The Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace…

Fair Work implications for downsizing workforce

Over recent years businesses have enjoyed high levels of growth and experienced the difficulties of attracting and retaining talent. The impact of the Global economic crisis is that for perhaps…