Reviewing Workplace Policies and Procedures

Reviewing Workplace Policies and Procedures

It’s good practice to keep your workplace policies and procedures up to date, as legal requirements and your business change over time. Questions to consider: 1.   When was the policy or procedure last reviewed – when is the next review date scheduled? The...
Managing Sexual Harassment Claims

Managing Sexual Harassment Claims

Given the shocking prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace, it is essential that employers are aware of how to manage sexual harassment claims. In 2018 a national survey on sexual harassment found that 23% of women and 16% of men in the Australian workforce...
Discrimination, Bullying or Harassment?

Discrimination, Bullying or Harassment?

Commenting on the Geoffrey Rush case, Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins said that the case ‘highlighted . . . how defamation and sexual harassment laws intersect’. This was partly an answer to those who wondered why the case was concerned with...
Creating A Return To Work Program

Creating A Return To Work Program

Instituting return to work arrangements It is a requirement that each employer creates a return to work program within 12 months of becoming an employer. This program must be redeveloped every two years in consultation with employees and any relevant unions. The...
Managing sick leave back pay

Managing sick leave back pay

A recent landmark Federal Court decision brought forward by the Australian Manufacturing Worker’s Union will now see increased employee rights regarding personal leave, including sick leave back pay. The decision greatly affects both employers and employees and will...