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eWise - August 2019

What's New?

We are busily getting ready for the upcoming Australia Human Resource Institute (AHRI) National Convention and Exhibition being held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre 16 - 19 September 2019. 

This event welcomes HR professionals from all sectors, and provides a range of learning experiences and networking opportunities. It will be our 11th year attending, and we always look forward to providing attendees with the latest updates on matters impacting workplaces, in addition to discussing our services.  

Entry to the showroom floor is free, and we will be at stand 96 - make sure to stop by and say hello!    

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National Child Protection Week is coming up; 1 - 7 September 2019. This week is celebrated annually, and provides an opportunity for government, businesses, and the community to come together and promote the safety and wellbeing of children. 

2019's theme is 'child development', and a number of events are planned across Australia that you can get involved in. 

If you work with Children, or in a vulnerable sector, our short course 'Investigating Abuse in Care' addresses the needs of investigators who are tasked with managing or investigating reportable conduct matters. Our 2019 spots have been filled, but if your organisation is interested in tailoring the training and delivering this in house, contact our team today!   

In The News

This month marks the one-year anniversary of the Workplace Advice Service, a free legal assistance program coordinated by the Fair Work Commission. The service is offered by the Commission as part of its on going efforts to import access to justice, and reduce complexity for unrepresented individuals or small business employers.  

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public servant's decision to accept a voluntary redundancy has undone her bid to establish that the Australian Financial Security Authority (AFSA) bullied her and retaliated against her whistleblowing by transferring her to its HR department. 

In her FWC claim to 'stop bullying', the public servant alleged that AFSA had transferred her from finance to HR, because she made public interest disclosures about procurement breaches.

By the time of this decision, the public servant had accepted an offer of voluntary redundancy. 

Deputy President John Kovacic threw out the case, saying the tribunal had repeatedly tried to contact the public servant between June and mid-July 2019 to ask whether she would discontinue her application. He said the public servant failed to respond or make further contact with the tribunal. 

Likewise, in 'circumstances where they are no longer employed', Deputy President Kovacic said he did 'not consider that there was a risk that she will continue to be bullied at work'. 

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The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against WA labour-hire business, Corporation Sun Pty Lt, and its Chief Executive.

The Ombudsman alleges that the company breached the Fair Work Act, by failing to comply with a Compliance Notice, requiring the company to back-pay $20,011 to 11 underpaid workers. 

After receiving a number of requests for assistance from workers, Corporation Sun was issued a notice requiring the business to rectify the alleged underpayments. 

The FWO is also seeking a Court Order requiring the company to rectify the underpayments in full. A directions hearing has been listed in the Federal Circuit Court in Perth for 16 September 2019. 

The FWO is cracking down on the alleged underpayment of vulnerable workers, and Ombudsman Sandra Parker has stated they will continue to audit businesses and utilise the full suite of enforcement tools to hold employers to account.   

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If you are interested in reading our blogs they are released weekly on our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn social media pages - simply search for WISE Workplace on your chosen social media platform.  


Making Findings in Workplace Investigations 

By Vince Scopelliti

When a workplace investigation is coming to an end, one task can seem deceptively simple - making findings. 

It might seem that because all the information is now available, the investigator can surely just state 'the obvious' in their report. 

Read the full article


Writing and Investigation Report

By Vince Scopelliti

To say that a workplace investigation report is an important document is certainly something of an understatement. Following the investigation, the report will be relied upon for all manner of signifiant organisational decisions, tasks and action. 

As a result, it is essential that workplace investigators create a professional, transparent and unbiased document.

Read the full article


Interview Techniques for Workplace Investigations

By Vince Scopelliti

In any workplace investigation, there will be multiple competing factors for an investigator to consider. One core issue is developing the appropriate interview strategy. 

Investigative interviewing requires careful consideration of the purpose of the investigation, and exactly who will be interviewed.

Read the full article


How to Write Letters of Notification and Allegation

By Vince Scopelliti

During the process of conducting workplace investigations, it is generally necessary to prepare letters of notification, and later, letters of allegation. 

We take a look at the difference between the two, and provide some tups on how to prepare these important documents.

Read the full article


What's On


Conducting Workplace Investigations - Advanced (3-days)

Location: Brisbane
Date: 10 - 12 September 2019 

Location: Sydney
Date: 16 - 18 October 2019 

Location: Melbourne
Date: 12 - 14 November 2019 

Investigating Workplace Misconduct (1-day)

Location: Darwin
Date: 16 September 2019 

Location: Canberra
Date: 19 November 2019 

For more information on Investigating Workplace Misconduct




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