How Exposed Is Your Organisation To The Legal Risks Associated With Bad Employee Behaviour?

How Exposed Is Your Organisation To The Legal Risks Associated With Bad Employee Behaviour?

When an employee suffers bullying, harassment or unlawful discrimination in the workplace, who pays the price for such behaviour? Where an employee feels that they have suffered damage because of bullying, harassment or discrimination in the workplace, the employee may choose to proceed with civil action to recover the costs for such damages.  The individual […]

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How to avoid seeing your organisation’s name in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons

How to avoid seeing your organisation’s name in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons

An ex-employee of Flight Centre Ltd who believes he has been victimised and demoted (and who ultimately lost his job) because he raised concerns about bullying in the workplace has recently filed an adverse action claim in the Federal Court. If found guilty, Flight Centre Ltd faces paying compensation for damages – an amount which […]

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Courageous conversations or change management 101?

Courageous conversations or change management 101?

Mediation visionary Raymond Shonholtz posted a guest blog item on the New York Peace Institute website in November 2011. His comments explored the notion of courageous conversations. He spoke of conversations as being courageous because both the person’s actions and the message they delivered, put them in a position which was usually fraught with danger, […]

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Mediation – a restorative and transformative approach

Mediation is a well-known alternative dispute resolution method. However it is extremely under-utilised in the Australian workforce. Many managers and employers dismiss disputes between employees as ‘trivial’ believing that their staff should ‘get over it’ and ‘grow up’. However if staff don’t have the skills to resolve such disputes – many cannot just ‘get over it’.

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Workplace Harassment – different to bullying

Workplace Harassment – different to bullying

Workplace harassment is unlawful when someone is made to feel offended, intimidated, insulted or humiliated because of characteristics specified under anti discrimination laws and other legislation such as the Fair Work Act. The definition of harassment, only takes into consideration how the receiver felt and not the intentions of the person exhibiting the harassing behaviour/s. […]

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Investigating a grievance

Investigating a grievance

Having to investigate a formal grievance cannot be avoided. But when you are busy with other competing priorities and the complaint issues or the investigation process seems too complicated – its tempting to give your attention to another task on your list. Now, more so than in the past, employees seem quite aggrieved about many […]

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