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eWise - November 2018

What's New

Our 2019 training dates have been released! Our training is skills based, developed for investigators, by investigators. 

WISE provides 1 day and 3-day training focusing on Conducting Workplace Investigations, and a 4-day Reportable Conduct training - See below for specific details.   

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The Australian Federal Government is due to amend whistleblower laws, which will require organisations to comply with specific whistleblower protections from early 2019 onwards. 

To ensure our clients are compliant, we have published a FREE downloadable White Paper titled: "Whistleblower Legislation Changes - Is Your Organisation Prepared?

The paper includes recommendations and tips to ensure your organisation will be fully prepared for the changes. 

In the News

The secret recording of conversations by an employee with work colleagues can constitute a valid reason for dismissal, regardless of whether the actions are illegal. 

In a recent case the Fair Work Commission (FWC) ruled that an employer has not acted improperly in its dealings with an employee, and the secret recording of co-workers was not justified. 

The terminated employee who applied for unfair dismissal regularly undertook covert recordings of his conversations with colleagues. This action is not prohibited under the Victorian Surveillance Devices Act 1999. Unlike other jurisdictions, the prohibition in Victoria only applies to the use of a listening device to record a private conversation, which the person is not party - without the express (or implied) consent of each party to the conversation. 

The FWC stated it is 'unfair to those who are secretly recorded because they are unaware that a record of their exact words is being made.' In addition, once it is known a person has secretly recorded a conversation, this will create a sense of fear and apprehension among workers - a potentially corrosive of a healthy and productive workplace environment. 

Therefore the secret recording of co-workers was not justified, and the dismissal was upheld. 

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The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) is auditing 600 business in the Northern Rivers region in NSW to check that employers are paying their workers correctly and meeting their recording keeping and payslip obligations. 

Fair Work Ombudsman states "Any employers found to be deliberately treating vulnerable workers unlawfully will face serious consequences". Any employees with concerns should contact the Fair Work Ombudsman. 

The FWO has a range of resources to assist employers to meet their workplace obligations.

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Work Christmas Parties: 3 Tips for a Fun Festive Function

By Vince Scopelliti

It's the end of a long year. Employers and staff alike have worked hard and are looking forward to the opportunity to catch up, celebrate, network and relax. 

The work Christmas party is often anticipated as an ideal way to farewell the working year, reward staff, and anticipate the year ahead.

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Overcoming Unconscious Bias

By Vince Scopelliti

When conducting investigations or otherwise making determinations in the workplace, it is essential to avoid bias, whether conscious or unconscious. It is equally important to avoid a situation where co-workers believe decisions made in the workplace are biased - whether real or perceived.  

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Procurement and Corruption - The Warning Signs 

By Vince Scopelliti

Effective procurement requires the ability to foster productive relationships and to secure the best possible terms within a contract or project. However, there can be a fine line between heavy negotiation and gradual descent into corrupt and/or fraudulent behaviour.

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Creating a Safe and Healthy Workplace for All

By Vince Scopelliti

Developing a positive working environment where all employees are supported is key to looking after the mental wellbeing of your staff, and freeing them up to be their most productive selves. 

A safe and healthy workplace is one which is inclusive and caters for the needs of all workers

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Conducting Workplace Investigations - Advanced (3-days)

Location: Melbourne
Date: 11 - 13 February 2019 


Location: Sydney
Date: 18 - 20 March 2019 


Location: Perth
Date: 3 - 5 April 2019 


Location: Hobart
Date: 21-23 May 2019 


Location: Canberra
Date: 13- 15 June 2019 


Location: Brisbane
Date: 10 - 12 September 2019 


Location: Sydney
Date: 16 - 18 October 2019 


Location: Melbourne
Date: 12 - 14 November 2019 



Investigating Workplace Misconduct (1-day)

Location: Adelaide
Date: 13 March 2019 


Location: Brisbane
Date: 29 April 2019 


Location: Sydney
Date: 14 May 2019


Location: Melbourne
Date: 17 June 2019 


Location: Perth
Date: 29 July 2019 


Location: Hobart
Date: 13 August 2019 


Location: Darwin
Date: 16 September 2019 


Location: Canberra
Date: 19 November 2019 


For more information on Investigating Workplace Misconduct


Investigating Abuse In Care (4-day)

Location: Melbourne
Date: 23-26 July 2019 


Location: Sydney
Date: 6-9 August 2019 


For more information on Investigating Abuse In Care

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