How do I know if behaviour is bullying?

As a community we have become a lot more aware of the impact of bullying and the need to prevent it. From primary school age, children are now encouraged to stand up to bullies and in the workplace, there is a strong focus on preventing bullying behaviour. This is a good thing. The flip side is that ‘bullying’ is a term that gets bandied about, often inappropriately. Many managers that I speak to are nervous about managing poor performance or intervening in situations because they are unsure if the behaviour they are
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An HR Review can help mitigate the risk to your business!  

There has been a significant rise in employee claims since the Fair Work Act was introduced, back in 2009.  Many businesses, regardless of their size, have suffered the dire financial consequences of being pulled through the Fair Work ringer. This may have occurred as a result of underpayment of wages, unfair dismissal claims or adverse action claims, to name but a few.<

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How well does your workplace respond to an emergency? It is a well-established fact that companies which are not compliant in terms of first aid readiness are more likely to suffer grave repercussions. This is from both business and legal perspectives. The hours of manpower lost and cost of healthcare can actually be minimal compared to monetary penalties imposed by government agencies for non-compliance to set rules. Contributor Katrina McKinnon explains further.... The WHS Act mandates any business or en
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Are you silly or sensible when it comes to managing staff behaviour at public events in the festive season?

Everyone wants to have fun at social events however there are risks that are associated with staff attending events that you host or that you and your company are invited to.  Whether the event is at your office, your home or venue and employees are required or encourages to be present, the employer’s obligations under the Work, Health and Safety Legislation remain the same.  Not only is there a Health an
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OHS Key Points of Interest

Recently there have been a few different cases around OHS issues we thought it was worth summarising some of the key learnings.

OHS Key Points of Interest

  • Safe operating procedures for your business are essential.
  • Stay focused on your hazard identification and risk assessment process.
  • Your employees must be inducted and trained in your safe operating procedures.
  • Do not stop communicating and reinforcing your messages.
  • As the leaders of your organisation,
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Worksafe Study in Manufacturing

Manufacturing industry report – key findings by Worksafe Australia The positives
  • have a health and safety policy;
  • have procedures for reporting health and safety injuries and illnesses;
  • provide their workers with health and safety training; and
  • have procedures in place to control hazards
  • most workers and employers believe there is good communication of health and safety issues,
  • majority of workers reported following correct healt
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Failure to report a notifiable incident

In a recent OHS matter, a firm pleaded guilty to failing to notify WorkSafe of a serious head injury sustained by an employee in a stock room and for failing to maintain & preserve the incident site for when the inspector arrived. Under health and safety legislation what is critical for you as an Employer to note is; you are required to notify the major health and safety body in your state or territory of all notifiable incidents that occur in your workplace. Why this case is important and why we wanted to bri
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What is a disability?

Given the news about "morning sickness" and a decision by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) which confirmed it is a disability for the purposes of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. It is worth revisiting what is a disability or impairment is a protected attribute for the purposed of the Act. This is critical because it means if you disadvantage an employee based on a disability or impairment, you may be liable under anti-discrimination legislation. Disability includes:
  • physical illnes
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OHS Slips & Trips

OH&S claims can come about when you least expect it. To ensure that your workplace is in order you need to be aware of everything that could have the potential in finding your business in trouble. It is always important to be aware of common causes of slips and trips and these include:
  • objects lying on the floor;
  • a slippery floor surface
  • loose flooring;
  • view of the floor obscured
  • power cords across the floor
  • unsuitable footwear
What are so
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