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A new ball game

As discussed in our recent post Positive duty to prevent sexual harassment – what do employers need to do?, the upcoming changes to the Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Respect at Work) Bill will impose a positive duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.   Prevention plan Part of Azuhr’s recommendations …

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The secret to successful workplace investigations

As Human Resources & Employee Relations consultants we often get called upon to conduct independent workplace investigations into allegations of misconduct, bullying, discrimination, or sexual harassment. Organisations may choose to engage an external investigator in these circumstances for several reasons, rather than conduct the investigation internally. A failure to conduct the investigation in a timely …

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Positive duty to prevent sexual harassment – what do employers need to do?

There’s a new ballgame in town. The changes to the Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Respect at Work) Bill impose a positive duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. While historically employers have always had an obligation to prevent sexual harassment by taking all reasonable steps – this shifts the focus …

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FDV and the workplace – a conversation beyond leave

With the recent introduction of a bill to parliament, that if passed, will insert 10 days of paid family and domestic violence (FDV) leave into the NES, there have been a lot of conversations around FDV leave. While conversations about leave provisions are valuable, in the Domestic Violence Service Management insights paper – it is …

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Protecting your workforce in the new workplace dynamic

When COVID-19 mandated hybrid work to curb the deleterious effects of the pandemic, it also smashed through the notion that remote working was unsustainable. However, whilst there are no doubt certainly advantages of a flexible virtual working environment it can also have some unintended insidious aspects when compared with the traditional office arrangement. Our January …

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Five tips for remote learning

Not so new… Remote learning is not new. Training students remotely is something the education sector has tinkered with for years, progressing from sending course notes via snail mail towards utilising more sophisticated remote learning models. Many have already noted that the pandemic accelerated digital transformation (which was already going on), and while the rush …

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Why consulting will be embedded in the future of HR

In 2022, the employment landscape has changed, with casual employment and rolling fixed term contracts under greater scrutiny, more organisations than ever are looking to external consultants to support their broad business needs. Consulting is more than just labour hire, it is about providing fit for purpose support to enhance the organisations. Contrary to what …

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Will the IR Omnibus drive us towards better workplaces?

Today, the Morrison Government has introduced the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2020 into the House of Representatives. Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations, Christian Porter, has been meeting with working groups comprising business and union groups since June 2020 to tackle known problems within the industrial relations system in …

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