Workplace Investigation Guides & Articles

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Christmas party breast groper unfairly dismissed

A worker whose employment was terminated after he touched several co-workers’ breasts at a work Christmas party has been reinstated after the New South Wales Industrial Relations Commission found his…

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Unfairly dismissed for stealing the Milo?

The dismissal of a worker who supposedly stole the break room Milo has been found to be unfair. A supermarket chain was recently required to reinstate an individual in his…

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The enemy within: dealing with employee theft

Theft by employees is clearly a worrying issue for employers, so why is it happening and why do many choose not to report it?   According to a recent survey…

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Supermarket sued for $1.3m over sexual harassment claims

A former manager claiming to have developed post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of alleged sexual harassment at work is suing her former employer for $1.3 million. A sexual harassment…

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Top 5 tips for workplace investigations

As news emerges that a government agency has ordered a review of its division responsible for internal investigations, it is timely to look at the top 5 points to remember…

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Court forces flight attendant to show Facebook activities

How much privacy can workers expect in the workplace? Should employers be allowed to demand access to an employee’s social media activities or financial records?   In a recent New…

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Workplace Investigations: Top 3 causes of workplace complaints

This year, iHR Australia is conducting research around our workplace investigations including the nature of complaints, contributing factors and key observations. Although the final results and report for quarter one…

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Frivolous or ignorant? Bogus bullying claims on the rise

Yesterday, the Age reported a rise in workplace bullying claims putting small businesses under pressure and leading to time and money wasted investigating frivolous claims. Whilst raising awareness of bullying…

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Ker-ching! Flawed workplace investigation costs company $1.4 million

Getting dismissals and terminations wrong can be costly and time-consuming. iHR Australia’s Director of Workplace Relations, John Boardman commented, “This case once again highlights the need for consistency and procedural…

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The spy who employed me

A major transport company is facing unfair dismissal action for allegedly using a private investigator to spy on staff members taking leave to recover from workplace injuries. Action was taken…

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The Dos and Don’ts of workplace investigations

HR practitioners and Line Managers are more regularly being called upon to conduct investigations into complaints by staff members, corresponding with the increasing number of stress related workers compensation claims that relate…

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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…