HR essentials

  • All’s not fair in text messages and employment contracts by Stephanie Zillman

    The decision of the former Health Services Union national president to quit via text message earlier this week is a reminder for employers that text message communication in employment contracts isn’t a two-way street.

  • Massive rise in work bullying claims by Stephanie Zillman

    Victim compensation claims for workplace bullying more than trebled over the past four years – it may be high-time to up the ante in workplace investigations.

  • How to tell an employee they stink by Stephanie Zillman

    From time to time the burden of responsibility falls on HR to address complaints from colleagues, even if it means telling a particular staff member they need to clean up … literally!

  • Don’t fall victim to the winter blues by Stephanie Zillman

    The winter months are known for employee engagement challenges, due in no small part to shorter days, cold and flu, and more time inside.

  • Unfair dismissals: extension of time application tougher by HCA

    FWA (Fair Work Australia) in dismissing a recent extension of time application, has indicated it will allow extensions only in “rare cases, where there are exceptional circumstances.”

  • What is acceptable alternative employment? by HCA

    In a recent case, the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC) refused an application by Tasman Sheepskin Tannery Pty Ltd (TST) to avoid paying severance pay to redundant employees under the Tanning Industry Award 1999

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