IRHR 15_02c  Question Time Bullying & harassment training – necessary? Q:  Is there any legislation that requires an employer to have staff undertake bullying and harassment training during their induction?  Or is it as the employer sees fit? A:  Whilst there is no legislation which specifically mandates frequency of training on bullying, harassment etc., you […]

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IRHR 15_02b In some circumstances, an employee who has resigned might be able to make an unfair dismissal claim. How is this dismissal?  An employee is dismissed when the termination of employment is at the employer’s initiative.  In the above instance, termination of employment could also be considered dismissal if the employee was forced to […]

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IRHR 15_02a Terms commonly used in job advertisements including, ‘young’, ‘vibrant’ and ‘mature’, could be in breach of the Age Discrimination Act.  These terms could be unknowingly putting businesses at risk of litigation.  Although these terms don’t specifically refer to a certain age group, they can be interpreted as restricting jobs to younger or older […]

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WHS 15/01b One of the key terms used in the Work Health and Safety Act in relation to risk management is ‘reasonably practicable’.  In essence, businesses need to assess the risk, identify an appropriate control and assess whether it is ‘reasonably practicable’. How do you know what is reasonably practicable? Your business might identify that […]

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WHS 15/01a Smoking in or near the workplace can create a health risk, but in our industry it also creates a food safety risk. While the health risks of smoking are well known these days, the food safety hazards and potential risk of losing business usually take a back seat.  However, as a business you […]

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IR/HR 15/01 Depending on your workplace and the context, definitions of ‘inappropriate language’ can vary from one business to another.  In some workplaces and industries, swearing might be quite a common part of the vocabulary, particularly during stressful times.  In other workplaces or situations, workers using expletives might be frowned upon or even result in […]

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