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eWise - August 2018

What's New

We are looking forward to the upcoming AHRI National Convention & Exhibition, being held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, 28-30 August 2018. 

This will be our 10th year attending, and we are looking forward to meeting everyone and providing attendees with the latest information on our services, including investigations, training, and our whistleblower hotline service, Grapevine. 

If you are attending, make sure to stop by stand 120 and say hello!

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At WISE, we have seen rapid growth and demand for our services in Western Australia over the past year. If you are looking for assistance with a workplace matterWISE provides all our services (investigations, training & whistleblowing) Australia wide. We have offices located in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, and Perth.

In NSW we are excited to announce the return of our vastly experienced trainer and investigator Andrew Patterson, who has just returned from a long period of leave. Andrew is a highly experienced investigator, with a career spanning over 30 years. He has held senior roles with government investigative agencies, including the NSW Ombudsman, and the NSW ICAC, in addition to a number of governance roles within Local Councils. Andrew is the employers choice in matters concerning misconduct, bullying and harassment, misuse of resources. His expertise in relation to Codes of Conduct is always in high demand.

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The Fair Work Commission has launched a new online case management system, which will be active from 20 August 2018. The system will allow users to find all information regarding their case, including its progress. The system will allow users to: store information and documentation about the case; lodge an application; respond to an application; use online forms; copy, save, and circulate documents as drafts; view and review submissions; and track the progress of their case.  

Organisations with multiple representatives requiring access to the online management system can apply for organisation access. 

Further information can be found on the FWC Website 

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In WA WorkSafe have issued two Improvement Notices to Southern Ports following a 3 year investigation into bullying and harassment at the company. The company was issued two notices in relation to each port at Esperance, Bunbury and Albany. The report stated that most managers had received training and information on addressing bullying behaviours and inappropriate workplace conduct, however, the training may not have been adequate.

It was established that hazards were created by 'autocratic leadership styles... poor support from managers... and inappropriate and unreasonable behaviours such as... yelling, name-calling, racial comments'

Southern Ports has until 17 December 2018 to identify and implement controls and provide information and training in response to the notices. 

It is an important reminder for employers that simply providing training is not enough. It is essential to ensure the training is understood, accepted and most importantly that best practice principles are practiced.

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National Child Protection Week is coming up, 2 to 8 September 2018. This week is celebrated annually, and provides an opportunity for government, businesses, and the community to come together and promote the safety and wellbeing of children. 

The NAPCAN CEO Richard Cooke states, 'Child abuse and neglect is preventable. If we all work together as a community we can create an Australia where all children can grow up safe and well.'

Our short course 'Investigating Abuse in Care' addresses the needs of investigators who are tasked with managing or investigating reportable conduct matters. If your organisation is interested in tailoring the training to your organisational specific policies, contact our team today!   

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We still have spots available for our Conducting Workplace Investigations - Advanced short course, being held in Sydney 22-24 October 2018. This course is skills based and focuses on the relevant legislation in the industry to help conduct investigations in a sound, procedurally fair manner. 

Additional training dates/information are below

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If you are interested in reading our blogs regularly they are released weekly on our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn social media pages - simple search for WISE Workplace on your chosen social media platform. 


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Why Employers Can't Afford to Ignore Procedural Fairness

By Vince Scopelliti

It is important for employers to keep procedural fairness top of mind when conducting workplace investigations, or taking disciplinary action. 

Failing to do so can result in terminations being deemed unfair, as the recently Fair Work Commission decision of Nicholas Jarmain v Linfox Armaguard Pty Ltd [2018] FWC 3255 (14 June 2018) shows.

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Guarding the Vulnerable: Reporting Obligations in Focus

By Vince Scopelliti

With the conclusion of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Australian organisations are now on notice in relation to their ongoing child protection obligations.

Mandatory reporting of particular conduct or convictions is a strong means of ensuring that those who care for the most vulnerable in our community, do not slip through the regulatory net.  

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Can you Deny Access to Workplace Investigation Documents?

By Vince Scopelliti

Parties involved in a workplace investigation will often wish to gain access to documents that form part of the process. A difficult question for investigation is when - or if - it will be appropriate to release particular information. The reason for the request and the nature of the information will be key considerations, plus the investigator must find the best way to ensure that the access process is fair and transparent. 

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Fighting Age Discrimination in the Workplace

By Vince Scopelliti

At any given time, there are multiple generations operating in the workplace: new starters, more established professionals and those heading towards retirement. 

While this can create a diverse positive workplace, where a range of different experiences, attitudes and learnings can be shared, it also creates a possible environment for age discrimination. 

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Conducting Workplace Investigations - Advanced

Location: Sydney
Date: 24-22 October 2018

Location: Melbourne
Date: 14-16 November 2018

For more information on Conducting Workplace Investigations

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