18 Dec
OHS still vital over Christmas

During the holiday period, your workforce configuration may change as a result of staff on leave. This means some people may do tasks outside of their day-to-day role without necessarily having the guidance and supervision of their normal management team. Those responsible for managing safety control measures may be absent and workers may not have their mind on the job because of the holiday break, ongoing family pressures and commitments that surround this time of year.

So what does an employer need to do to keep workers safe while running on a skeleton staff?


17 Dec
Dannii Minogue's tips for breaking barriers and personal branding

Almost 500 Victorian professionals gathered in pop-up gala space Lorem Ipsum at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in early December to hear Dannii Minogue share key learnings from her long and varied career in the spotlight.


27 Nov
Business Leaders: Russel Howcroft on nurturing creativity

At our Business Leaders lunch earlier this week branding expert Russel Howcroft shared some tips for fostering creativity in your workplace for the benefit of your bottom line. Here are six of them:


24 Nov
Botched redundancy may prove costly for small NSW business

A small New South Wales stud farm has failed to prove to the Fair Work Commission that its redundancy process was genuine.

A horse trainer at the farm had worked for the business for almost three years when he was told by his employer in an “informal meeting” that his position had been made redundant and that he would have to “finish him up”.


23 Oct
Redundancy shortcuts see retrenched worker reinstated

An employee working at a New South Wales port has been reinstated after the Federal Court ruled that his employer took adverse action when it selected him for redundancy because he was a senior union delegate. The General Manager of the company was also found to be personally liable for the breach, as he was the principal decision-maker.


19 Oct
Sacked HR consultant suspected of stealing company files awarded $11k in compensation for botched investigation

A senior consultant dismissed from a South Australian human resources firm has been awarded more than $11,000 in compensation despite the Fair Work Commission (FWC) finding a valid reason for her dismissal.

The employee was summarily dismissed after it was discovered she had been downloading the contents of the company’s hard drive to a personal device.  A colleague witnessed the incident and informed the owner of the business, who after a brief discussion with the employee made the decision to terminate her without notice on the basis of serious misconduct.


16 Oct
Newsflash: Massages not reasonable business expense

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has rejected the unfair dismissal claim of an engineer fired for claiming 14 massages and other inappropriate items as business travel expenses.

The employee sought to disguise the items as meals purchased in transit, including a blender, a heater, Australia Day-themed clothing, gym shoes, a cooler bag, two bathmats and vitamins.


15 Oct
What's your reason for being safe and healthy at work?

October is National Safe Work Month and workplaces are encouraged to raise awareness about work health and safety. There are a number of activities and resources available to help you keep your workplace as safe and healthy as possible.

Be safe. Be healthy. Because...

Safe Work Australia is hosting a free virtual seminar series that showcase innovation and research in work health and safety:


13 Oct
FWC refutes employee claim that micromanagement constituted bullying

The Fair Work Commission has rejected the claim of a stockbroking company employee who sought an order to stop bullying at work after he was placed on performance plans and “micro-managed”.

The employee was placed on two Enhancing Employee Performance Plans (EEPPs), the company’s method of performance management, throughout 2014.  


08 Oct
Lessons in winning, losing and everything in between

It’s rare to get an insight into how AFL greats cope with fear, learn to trust in their team and relinquish control. In an honest but lighthearted discussion at last week’s Victorian Chamber Pitcher Partners Grand Final Lunch, AFL icons Leigh Matthews, Chris Scott and Mark Thompson shared what it’s like to experience the highs of winning a premiership and the devastating losses as both a player and coach. Many of their coaching experiences and lessons in working in a team can be readily applied to leadership positions outside of the locker room.


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