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25 Sep
Choice, trust, communication – how to create a winning workplace

Initiatives that contribute to a positive employee experience and build employees’ engagement are key to creating a great place to work. This was the focus of discussion between our four panellists at last week's’ HR for Business breakfast. Zrinka Lovrencic from Great Place to Work Australia, Tristan White from The Physio Co., Angela Ferguson from futurespace and John Van Wyk from Mars/Royal Canin shared their thoughts on what it takes to build a workplace that employees want to go to every day.

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25 Sep
Passengers and drivers of company cars share equal responsibility in accidents

A Fair Work Commission ruling suggests passengers share equal responsibility to drivers when travelling in a company-owned vehicle.

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25 Sep
Fair game: A lesson in safekeeping your reputation

Earlier this year, Cecil the lion was killed in Zimbabwe’s protected Hwange National Park by Dr Walter Palmer, a Minnesota dentist who reportedly paid US$55,000 for the prize. When news of Cecil’s death broke, Palmer became the “latest case study” in public shaming. Within 24 hours an estimated 670,000 tweets were sent about the killing and almost 6.5 million web articles have been written about it.

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15 Sep
“Backdoor unfair dismissal” thrown out

An aggressive former employee has had her adverse action claim thrown out nearly two years after her employment was terminated by a startup business in the health industry.  The manager, a self-described “female Richard Branson”, was dismissed after less than three months of employment and made an adverse action claim, citing numerous breaches of the general protections within the Fair Work Act, claiming over $127,000 in damages.

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14 Sep
Postal manager and “father figure” sexually harassed female employee

A Geelong West postal worker has taken the first successful step towards her claim for $100,000 against her former manager for sexual harassment. The case was heard before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), where Justice Jenkins accepted the applicant’s claim that her manager had sexually harassed her for four months in 2013.

The employee cited 47 incidents of inappropriate conduct by her manager including explicit comments, texts, letters, and groping.  

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09 Sep
Angry ex-employees: an exercise in brand destruction

Recent media attention has focused on global brands for all the wrong reasons.

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03 Sep
What it takes to be a best place to work: a plan, blueprint or checklist.

Tristan White, CEO, The Physio Co.

We’re not built for discipline. We’re built for novelty and excitement. Discipline is something we have to work at. – Atul Gawande, The Checklist Manifesto

Like everything else in your business, culture can be systemised.

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01 Sep
What makes a great place to work

Zrinka Lovrencic, Great Place to Work Australia

At Great Place to Work we believe it is essential for every company to create wealth for their shareholders. It is fundamentally why they exist.

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24 Aug
Fair Work targets Melbourne restaurant for docking employee wages

The Fair Work Ombudsman has cautioned a Melbourne fast food restaurant for unlawfully deducting money from employee wages.  

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18 Aug
Employee terminated for questioning employment conditions awarded over $10,000

A Melbourne based waste and recycling company has been penalised $7,500  and ordered to pay $2,900 in compensation for dismissing an employee who asked questions about his employment status and rates of pay.

In the weeks leading up to dismissal the employee discovered his employment was covered by the Waste Management Award 2010 [MA000043] which provided generous penalty rates – higher than what he was receiving from his employer. 

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