Wise Workplace Investigations

May 2010 Issue

Latest WISE News

Bullying in the workplace - an OH&S issue  

Comcare's new bullying guidelines state: "Workers compensation claims for psychological injury are the most expensive type of claim. In the COmmonwealth jurisdiction, workers compensation claims were bullying and harassment is the cause of the injury make up about 20% f all mental stress claims. Issues at the organisation level , including organisation change, work systems and workplace culture, can contribute to incident of workplace bullying". For a copy of Comcare's Bullying in the workplace: A guide to prevention for managers and supervisors click here.

New Guidelines were also published this month by the ACT government on preventing bullying in the workplace

Jo Kamira's presentation 
Conducting Fair and Independent Investigations: implications of the Lohse V Arthur decision

In April Jo Kamira presented on Conducting fair and independent investigations. The presentation was a great success with a number of new and existing clients attending our offices to hear Jo Kamira talk on the implications of Lohse V Arthur. The presentation was covered in HR Daily.

Jo Kamira will also be presenting at this years Investigations Symposium on Bullying and Mental health - see what's on for details.

WISE Workplace Investigations exhibited at AHRI Melbourne
Exhibiting at AHRI gives us a great opportunity to meet and discuss current issues with other HR professionals from a range of different industries. Common themes this year were bullying and performance management as well as harassment and mental health issues. Thank you to everyone who attended our stand and good luck in the draw! 

Vicarious Liability

Vicarious Liability

Discrimination and harassment continues to be a serious workplace issue. Yet many employers are unaware that they may be legally responsible for this conduct on the part of their workers and could be liable to court penalties.
The ADT recently found an employer 'vicariously liable' for the sex discrimination and sexual harassment by its assistant manager towards a young female co-worker at a KFC outlet and awarded the complainant $15,000 in damages payable by the former employer. 

Click here to see full article.

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New technology helping ethics

Mobi enhancing ethical standards

Co-workers are the primary source of allegations of misconduct and corruption but getting them to report wrongdoing is a tricky thing. Imagine a secure, personal communication from your company to you. A welfare check, canvasing workplace relationships, corporate ethics, education about legislation and policies all delivered direct to your mobile phone..........

Click here to read more

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A Can of Worms?

Expanding the Terms of Reference

According to the Lohse V Arthur decision investigators must be able to increase the terms of reference to ensure new matters are addressed with the respondent to ensure procedural fairness. This is likely to cause a conflict with HR managers trying to keep a lid on workplace issues and expenses incurred through investigation. Developing clear and limited Terms of Reference will help you avoid opening a can of worms. 



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What's on........

Mental health and your workplace: Tackling the complexities and identifying solutions

AHRI are providing HR Essentials - a 4 hour training course to help  HR professionals address mental health issues in their organisation. The programs are offered in conjunction with Beyond Blue. Contact AHRI website for more information.

Where: Across Australia
When: May - October 2010
Time: Various
Cost: $300 members $330 non members

Practical Investigative Interviewing and Statement Taking Symposium 4. Queensland Police Service   

The purpose of this Symposium is to build the investigative interviewing and statement taking skills of individuals and organisations in both the public and private sectors through:

Achieving high levels of modern investigative interviewing techniques and admissibility;
Providing examples of good interviewing and statement taking techniques;
Real life scenarios with practical sessions on interviewing of witnesses/suspects and statement taking;
Providing the experience of giving evidence via a mock court.

Where: Holiday Inn - Brisbane
When: 13-14 July 2010
Cost: $660 (GST Inclusive)
Contact:Detective Senior Constable Rod Shelton, Detective Senior Constable Vern Owens 07 3364 6622 Register on line at: http://police/qld.gov.au/News+and+Alterts/campaigns/synergy/

NSW Ombudsman Child Protection Workshops

The Ombudsman is offering two courses on child protection on various dates over the year: 
Responding to allegations against employees
A one-day workshop providing an overview of employers obligations under the Ombudsman Act, the steps in the investigation process, risk assessment and management. 
When: 6 July, 3 August, 7 September, 18 November
Cost: $250 

Handling Serious allegations
A one-day workshop providing participants with specialist and practical knowledge to help deal with more complex challenges associated with serious allegations against employees. 
When: 10 June, 19 July, 6 August, 19 August, 2 September
Cost: $550

Contact: Anna on 02 9265 0478 or email: training@ombo.nsw.gov.au
Register online at www.ombo.nsw.gov.au/trainingworkshops

7th International Conference on Workplace Bullying and Harassment

Hosted at University of Glamorgan, Cardiff in Wales the conference aims to bring interested parties in organisations and government; researchers; policy makers and practitioners together in a unified and synergistic format to enhance knowledge exchange and disseminate knowledge relating to workplace bullying and harassment. 

When: 2-4th June 2010
Where: Hilton Cardiff Hotel, Cardiff, Wales UK

For more information go to www.bullying2010.com

Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW Seminars for 2010

The Board offers a range of seminars to assist employers to understand and implement anti-discrimination law and prevent and manage diversity in the workplace. 

For more information visit the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW web site.

4th Annual Ethical Leadership and Governance in the Public Sector Conference 2010 

Looks at building integrity, ethical competency and transparency in the Public Service, protections for whistleblowers and how to create a fraud control and investigation framework.

When: 9-10 June
Where: Hotel Realm, Canberra ACT
Contact: Liquid Learning on (02 9437 1311)

8th National Investigations Symposium

When: 3-5 November 2010
Where: Manly Pacific Hotel Manly NSW
Contact: Cristiana on (02 9228 5225 or cristiana@nsw.ipaa.org.au)

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