Workplace Investigations

FWC Findings And The Importance Of The Investigation

FWC Findings and the Importance of the Investigation

Minimising the risk of an unfair dismissal claim arising out of termination for serious misconduct. If a poorly conducted investigation leads to dismissal, the business could find itself in front of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) with an unfair dismissal claim to argue.  The Fair Work Commission (FWC) will uphold an unfair dismissal claim (that meets […]

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If a complainant has a workplace investigation held against them what support can they call upon?

If a complainant has a workplace investigation held against them what support can they call upon?

Continuing our series of short videos on the subject of workplace investigations. It’s a subject that’s often misunderstood and even mishandled by leaders, managers and HR personnel. Today’s question…If a complainant has a workplace investigation held against them what support can they call upon? ​A complainant can be supported during a workplace investigation with a […]

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What should a manager do if a workplace complaint is submitted in confidence?

What should a manager do if a workplace complaint is submitted in confidence?

Continuing our series of short videos on the subject of workplace investigations. It’s a subject that’s often misunderstood and even mishandled by leaders, managers and HR personnel. Today’s question…What is an example of a formal workplace investigation being investigated? ​Managers can be held vicariously liable if they are aware that potentially unlawful behaviour (like bullying, […]

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How does management know the difference between needing a mediation as opposed to a workplace investigation?

How does management know the difference between needing a mediation as opposed to a workplace investigation?

Continuing our series of short videos on the subject of workplace investigations. It’s a subject that’s often misunderstood and even mishandled by leaders, managers and HR personnel. Today’s question…How does management know the difference between needing a mediation as opposed to a workplace investigation? The warning signs to know whether to conduct a mediation or a […]

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How to Manage Anonymous Workplace Complaints

How to Manage Anonymous Workplace Complaints

We’ve put some focus in recent months on workplace investigations through our series of videos outlining frequently asked questions on the subject. Today we’re covering a question that wasn’t covered in the series but which has arisen a few times and which we have had some success in addressing – How to manage anonymous workplace […]

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Does a detailed investigation have to be conducted for every formal complaint submitted to HR or management?

Does a detailed investigation have to be conducted for every formal complaint submitted to HR or management

Continuing our series of short videos on the subject of workplace investigations. It’s a subject that’s often misunderstood and even mishandled by leaders, managers and HR personnel. Today’s question…Does a detailed investigation have to be conducted for every formal complaint submitted to HR or management? Some situations might require a formal investigation, where complainants, respondents […]

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Does the complainant or respondent have to participate in a workplace investigation?

Does the complainant or respondent have to participate in a workplace investigation

Continuing our series of short videos on the subject of workplace investigations. It’s a subject that’s often misunderstood and even mishandled by leaders, managers and HR personnel. Today’s question…Does the complainant or respondent have to participate in a workplace investigation? Though you might think it would be in the interests of a complainant to support […]

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Should a Respondent to a Workplace Complaint Receive a Copy of the Complaint?

Should a Respondent to a Workplace Complaint Receive a Copy of the Complaint

Continuing our series of short videos on the subject of workplace investigations. It’s a subject that’s often misunderstood and even mishandled by leaders, managers and HR personnel. Today’s question…If a staff member submits a formal complaint, should that also be supplied to the respondent to that complaint? When a complaint is lodged, sometimes it’s done […]

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What Sort of Workplace Incidents Do Not Warrant a Formal Investigation?

What Sort of Workplace Incidents Do Not Warrant a Formal Investigation

Continuing our series of short videos on the subject of workplace investigations. It’s a subject that’s often misunderstood and even mishandled by leaders, managers and HR personnel. Today’s question…What is an example of an incident that doesn’t warrant a formal investigation? An example of an incident that doesn’t warrant a formal investigation would be something […]

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What is a Workplace Investigation and When Should You Initiate One?

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What is a Workplace Investigation? A workplace investigation is supposed to be procedurally fair process to try to determine whether allegations that have been raised against another person in the workplace are substantiated or not substantiated. So it’s a process of collecting facts and evidence to be able to make a determination on a balance […]

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